Pichamon Yeophantong

Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Development
Senior Lecturer

Dr Pichamon Yeophantong [พิชามญชุ์ เอี่ยวพานทอง; 皮查蒙·约范童] is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). She also leads the Responsible Business Lab and Environmental Justice and Human Rights Project, and convenes the Asia-Pacific Development and Security Research Group at HASS.

A political scientist and China specialist by training, her research focuses on Chinese foreign policy and the political economy of sustainable development (including resource conflict and energy transitions) in the Asia-Pacific. In addition to her ARC-funded project on how to better regulate Chinese resource and infrastructure investment overseas, Pichamon is a Chief Investigator on three other projects that collectively seek to enhance the resilience of women leaders and environmental defenders, together with the adaptive capacity of social and environmental regulations, in Southeast Asia. In 2018, Pichamon was awarded the CHASS Australia 'Future Leader' Prize by the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and was named a 'human rights fighter' and finalist for the 2020 Advance Awards. 

Prior to joining UNSW, Pichamon was a Global Leaders Fellow at University College, Oxford University and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University. She was also an ASEAN-Canada Senior Fellow at the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, Nanyang Technological University. Pichamon has held (fully-funded) visiting fellowships at a number of universities, including Peking University, China University of Political Science and Law, and National Taiwan University as an inaugural Taiwan Fellow. She has also taught at the Australian National University (ANU) and Thammasat University, among other institutions. Currently, she is a Senior Research Fellow (non-resident) at the Wong MNC Center; sits on Jubilee Australia's Research Committee as well as Asian Perspective's Editorial Committee; and serves on the International Studies Association's Committee on the Status of Engagement with the Global South.

Pichamon has conducted extensive fieldwork in China and Southeast Asia, having served as a consultant to, inter alia, the Africa Progress Panel, Overseas Development Institute, and International Rivers. Since 2010, she has delivered over 100 invited talks, public lectures, and keynote presentations in more than 10 countries, including at an ASEAN Regional Forum workshop (2020), the Australian Institute of International Affairs' National Conference (2019), and the Lower Mekong Policy Forum on Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources (2017).

Her work has appeared as commissioned reports and in such publications as Asian Survey, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Pacific Affairs, and Water International. Aside from being profiled in and providing expert commentary to various media outlets, she also contributes feature articles and op-eds to newspapers and magazines such as Australian Outlook, East Asia Forum Quarterly, The Diplomat, and Yale Global.

Pichamon completed her PhD and MA (with First-Class Honours) in Politics and International Relations at the ANU as an inaugural China Institute Scholar and Hedley Bull Scholar. In addition to native fluency in Thai, she has working proficiency and/or holds advanced language certificates in French (DALF), Japanese, Lao, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish, among a few other languages.

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Higher Degree Research (HDR) Supervision

  • Feifei Cai (primary/joint PhD supervisor)
  • Ngoc Nguyen (primary/joint PhD supervisor)
  • Eugene Simonov (primary/joint PhD supervisor)
  • Ratchada Apornsilp (associate PhD supervisor, ANU)
  • Xiaowei Liu (associate PhD supervisor, Jilin U)
  • Marie-Alice McLean Dreyfus, 'China and Global Governance' (primary/joint MPhil supervisor)

**Scholarships of $35,000 (AUD) are available to PhD students at UNSW Canberra who achieved a H1/High Distinction average in their UG program and/or have completed a Masters by Research. If you are interested, please contact Dr Yeophantong at p.yeophantong@adfa.edu.au

 

Honours / MA / CDF (Arts) / Summer Scholar Supervision

Dr Yeophantong is available for Honours and MA (by coursework) supervision, and is also happy to consider CDF (Arts) and Summer Scholarship projects. She has, since 2016, supervised 15 student projects to successful completion. 

**Scholarships of $10,000 (AUD) are available to (non-Defence) Honours students at UNSW Canberra. If you are interested, please contact Dr Yeophantong at p.yeophantong@adfa.edu.au

Books
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Shih C-Y; Huang C-C; Yeophantong P; Ikeda J; Hwang Y-J; Wang H-J; Chang C-Y; Bunskoek R; Chen C-C, 2019, China and International Theory: The Balance of Relationships, Routledge, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780429423130
2019
Book Chapters
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Meng F; Chen Z; Yeophantong P, 2020, 'Assessing the Vertical Management Reform of China's Environmental System: Progress, Conditions and Prospects', in Podger A; Su T-T; Wanna J; Chan HS; Niu M (ed.), Designing Governance Structures for Performance and Accountability, ANU Press
2020
Yeophantong P, 2019, 'The Origins and Evolution of Humanitarian Action in Southeast Asia', in Linton S; McCormack T; Sivakumaran S (ed.), Asia-Pacific Perspectives on International Humanitarian Law, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 73 - 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108667203.006
2019
Yeophantong P, 2018, 'Not Just ‘Ugly America’: Understanding Southeast Asian Perceptions of the United States', in Tan ATH (ed.), Handbook on the United States in Asia, Edward Elgar, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781788110662
2018
Yeophantong P, 2017, 'Asian Perspectives', in McGlinchey S; Walters R; Scheinpflug C (ed.), International Relations Theory, E-International Relations Publishing, Bristol, pp. 117 - 124
2017
Yeophantong P, 2016, 'China’s Hydropower Expansion and Influence over Environmental Governance in Mainland Southeast Asia', in Goh E (ed.), Rising China’s Influence in Developing Asia, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 174 - 192
2016
Yeophantong P, 2016, 'China's Dam Diplomacy in the Mekong Region: Three Game Changers', in Blake D; Robins L (ed.), Water Governance Dynamics in the Mekong Region, Strategic Information and Research Development Center Press (for M-POWER), Selangor
2016
Yeophantong P, 2016, 'Civil Regulation and Chinese Resource Investment in Vietnam and Myanmar', in Caballero-Anthony M; Barichello R (ed.), Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Growth, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, https://www.rsis.edu.sg/rsis-publication/nts/natural-resource-management-for-sustainable-growth/#.WNHPyXqVERN
2016
Yeophantong P, 2016, 'Rebellions in China, Second Great Leap Forward, Commercial Revolution, Jin State', in Dillon M (ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Chinese History
2016
Yeophantong P, 2016, 'Conversations with Confucius', in Lebow RN; Schouten P; Suganami H (ed.), The Return of the Theorists: Dialogues with Great Thinkers in International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 13 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137516459_3
2016
Yeophantong P; Maurin C, 2016, 'China and the Regulation of Outbound Investment: Towards A ‘Responsible Investment’ Policy Framework', in Bjorkland AK (ed.), The Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy 2014-2015, Oxford University Press, New York
2016
Yeophantong P, 2012, 'Imperialism: 1200 to 1900: East and Southeast Asia', in Stanton A; Ramsamy E; Seybolt P; Elliott C (ed.), Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, & Africa, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA
2012
Yeophantong P, 2012, 'Nationalism: 1900 to Present: East and Southeast Asia', in Stanton A; Ramsamy E; Seybolt P; Elliott C (ed.), Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, & Africa, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA
2012
Edited Books
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Yeophantong P, (ed.), 2019, The Military and Human Rights, Australian Human Rights Institute, Sydney, https://issuu.com/humanrightsdefender/docs/unswa012_human_rights_defender_publication_vol28_i
2019
Yeophantong P, (ed.), 2017, Environmental Justice and Human Rights in Asia, Australian Human Rights Centre, http://search.informit.com.au/browseJournalTitle;res=IELHSS;issn=1039-2637
2017
Journal articles
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Jiao Y; Yeophantong P; Lee TM, 2021, 'Strengthening International Legal Cooperation to Combat the Illegal Wildlife Trade Between Southeast Asia and China', Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2021.645427
2021
Yeophantong P, 2020, 'China and the Accountability Politics of Hydropower Development: How Effective are Transnational Advocacy Networks in the Mekong Region?', Contemporary Southeast Asia, vol. 42, pp. 85 - 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1355/cs42-1d
2020
Yeophantong P, 2020, 'Chinese Assertiveness and the Business of Politics in the South China Sea Dispute', Australian Naval Review, https://navalinstitute.com.au/australian-naval-review-archive/
2020
Yeophantong P, 2019, 'Risking Reputation: Is China a Rogue Investor?', East Asia Forum Quarterly, vol. 11, pp. 35 - 37
2019
Yeophantong P, 2019, 'In the Defence of Human Rights', Human Rights Defender, vol. 28
2019
Shih CY; Yeophantong P, 2017, 'On Chinese Non-Interventionism: Governance, Governability and Global Governance [in Chinese]', Social Sciences, vol. 439
2017
Yeophantong P, 2017, 'Editorial: Environmental Justice and Human Rights in Asia', Human Rights Defender, vol. 26, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=840121851849657;res=IELHSS
2017
Yeophantong P, 2017, 'River activism, policy entrepreneurship and transboundary water disputes in Asia', Water International, vol. 42, pp. 163 - 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2017.1279041
2017
Yeophantong P, 2016, 'China and Disaster Governance: Assessing the Domestic Sources of a Global Responsibility', Journal of Chinese Political Science, vol. 21, pp. 241 - 255, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11366-016-9406-2
2016
Yeophantong P, 2015, 'Assessing Local Responses to Chinese-Backed Resource Development Projects in Myanmar and Cambodia: A Critical Survey', The Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies, vol. 2, pp. 95 - 110
2015
Yeophantong P, 2014, 'China’s Lancang Dam Cascade and Transnational Activism in the Mekong Region', Asian Survey, vol. 54, pp. 700 - 724, http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/as.2014.54.4.700
2014
Yeophantong P, 2013, 'Governing the World: China's Evolving Conceptions of Responsibility', The Chinese Journal of International Politics, vol. 6, pp. 329 - 364, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cjip/pot013
2013
Maurin C; Yeophantong P, 2013, 'Going Global Responsibly? China's Strategies Towards “Sustainable” Overseas Investments', Pacific Affairs, vol. 86, pp. 281 - 303, http://dx.doi.org/10.5509/2013862281
2013
Yeophantong P, 2012, 'China, Responsibility, and the Politics of Regional Water Governance: the Case of the Lancang-Mekong River', Thammasat Review, vol. 15, pp. 59 - 75
2012
Reports
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Deflau K; Yeophantong P, 2020, State of Knowledge: Women and Rivers in the Mekong Region, International Rivers, Bangkok, https://www.womenandrivers.com/resources/state-of-knowledge-women-and-rivers-in-the-mekong-region
2020
Fletcher L; Yeophantong P, 2019, Enter the Dragon: Australia, China and the New Pacific Development Agenda, Jubilee Australia Research Centre, Australia, https://www.jubileeaustralia.org/_literature_164854/Enter_the_Dragon_2019
2019
Breckenridge J; Yeophantong P; Suchting M, 2019, Enhancing Women’s Voice to STOP Sexual Harassment: Mid-Term Review Report, CARE Australia
2019
Yeophantong P; Breckenridge J; Suchting M, 2019, Enhancing Women’s Voice to STOP Sexual Harassment: Methodology Briefing Paper, CARE Australia
2019
Yeophantong P, 2018, Building Partnerships, Deepening Dialogue: A Report of AFSC’s Business and Peace Program, AFSC, American Friends Service Committee
2018
Yeophantong P, 2014, Understanding Humanitarian Action in East and Southeast Asia: A historical perspective, Overseas Development Institute, London, HPG Working Paper, http://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/8807.pdf
2014
Yeophantong P, 2013, China in the Mekong: Building Dams for Whose Benefit?, Oxford University, https://www.geg.ox.ac.uk/publication/china-mekong-building-dams-whose-benefit
2013
Working Papers
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Yeophantong P, 2015, Civil Regulation and Chinese Resource Investment in Myanmar and Vietnam, Global Economic Governance Programme, Oxford University, Global Economic Governance Working Paper, http://dx.doi.org
2015
Yeophantong P, 2013, China and the Politics of Hydropower Development: governing water and contesting responsibilities in the Mekong River Basin, Global Economic Governance Programme, Oxford University, Global Economic Governance Working Paper, 81, http://dx.doi.org
2013
Yeophantong P, 2013, China, Corporate Responsibility and the Contentious Politics of Hydropower Development: Transnational Activism in the Mekong Region?, Global Economic Governance Programme, Oxford University, Global Economic Governance Working Paper, 82, http://dx.doi.org
2013
Other
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Yeophantong P, 2019, Review of 'Last Days of the Mekong', Taylor & Francis
2019
Yeophantong P, 2019, Review of 'The Art of Neighbouring: Making Relations Across China’s Borders', Brill Academic Publishers
2019
Yeophantong P, 2015, Review of 'Energy, Governance and Security in Thailand and Myanmar (Burma): A Critical Approach to Environmental Politics in the South', University of British Columbia, Pacific Affairs
2015
Yeophantong P, 2015, Review of 'The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy & Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia', WILEY, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aspp.12166
2015
Yeophantong PM, 2013, Review of 'China Orders the World: Normative Soft Power and Foreign Policy', edited by William A. Callahan and Elena Barabantseva. Washington: Woodrow Wilson Center Press; Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. xvi + 280 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover)., University of Chicago Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/671324
2013
Yeophantong P, 2012, Review of 'Beating Devils and Burning Their Books: Views of China, Japan, and the West', edited by Anthony E. Clark. Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies, Inc., 2010. x + 248 pp. US$25.00 (paperback)., University of Chicago Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/665754
2012
Yeophantong PM, 2012, Review of 'The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Mao's Global Order of Tripolarity', by Lai Sing Lam. Oxford: Peter Lang AG, 2011. x + 235 pp. SFR56.00/€35.50/£32.00/US$55.95 (paperback), SFR54.00/€35.50/£32.00/US$53.95 (eBook)., University of Chicago Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/666553
2012
Yeophantong PM, 2010, Review of 'Towards Responsible Government in East Asia: Trajectories, Intentions and Meanings', CONTEMPORARY CHINA CENTRE, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/tcj.63.20749220
2010
Yeophantong P, 2009, Review of 'Speaking to History: The Story of King Goujian in Twentieth-Century China', CONTEMPORARY CHINA CENTRE, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/tcj.62.20648167
2009

 

  • 2020. Plenary Speaker on 'China's Economic Power in Southeast Asia: How Much Influence?', QS Subject Focus Summit: Politics and International Politics, Victoria University of Wellington 
  • 2018. CHASS Australia 'Future Leader' Prize, Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (*sponsored by Future Leaders, the Prize is awarded to an individual below 30 years of age demonstrating clear leadership and potential in any HASS field) 
  • 2017. Visiting Fellowship, Department of International Economics, China Foreign Affairs University
  • 2017. Delegate, U21 Early Career Researcher Workshop, Santiago, Chile
  • 2017. Workshop Grant, Global Asia Initiative, Duke University
  • 2016. Closing Plenary Speaker, International Studies Association Asia-Pacific Conference, Hong Kong
  • 2016. Top-Level Expert Fellowship  School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Shanghai International Studies University
  • 2016. Asia Representative (elected), Executive Committee, Global South Caucus, International Studies Association
  • 2015. Expert Panelist (Global Security), SBS Future Forum
  • 2014. ASEAN-Canada Senior Fellowship, RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, Nanyang Technological University (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVy_PGv9Gks)
  • 2014. Visiting Professor, School of Politics and Public Administration, China University of Political Science and Law
  • 2013. 'Editor's Choice' Article, Chinese Journal of International Politics
  • 2013. Faculty Speaker and Salzburg Global Fellowship, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture, Austria
  • 2012. Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship, Oxford University and Princeton University
  • 2012. Second prize, Australian Institute of International Affairs Essay Competition
  • 2010. Inaugural Taiwan Fellowship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China
  • 2010. First prize, ANU Research Note Competition, ANU
  • 2009/2010. Peking University Research Scholarship (two-time recipient)
  • 2008. Inaugural China Institute Full Scholarship, ANU
  • 2007. Hedley Bull Scholarship, Graduate Studies in International Affairs Program, ANU
  • 2007. Emile Boutmy Full Scholarship (la bourse d’excellence Emile Boutmy « complète »), Ecole doctorale de Sciences Po, Institut des Etudes Politiques de Paris (declined)
  • 2007. Eiffel Scholarship (la bourse d’excellence Eiffel), French Government (declined)
  • 2006. HRH King Bhumipol Award for Academic Excellence (University Medal), Thammasat University
  • 2005. Award for Meritorious Conduct, National Buddhist Association of Thailand under HM The King's Patronage

Dr Pichamon Yeophantong's research is or has been supported by major grants from a range of institutions and organisations. These include the Australian Research Council (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award); University College London (GCRF UCL Small Grants; with Prof Helen Chatterjee et al); Duke University (Global Asia Initiative); United Nations Environment Programme (with Not1More); Australia-ASEAN Council (with the Overseas Development Institute and University College London); International Rivers; Oxfam; American Friends Service Committee; CARE Australia (with the Gendered Violence Research Network); Stockholm Environment Institute (with Karen Delfau et al), among others.

International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

  • Chinese politics and foreign policy
  • Security and the political economy of development in the Asia-Pacific
  • Foreign direct investment (esp. resource and infrastructure) in the Asia-Pacific
  • Non-Western IR theories

Environmental Politics in Asia

  • Environmental governance and human rights in Asia
  • Transboundary water disputes in Asia, esp. Mekong region
  • Natural resource management in China and Southeast Asia

Responsible Business

  • Corporate social responsibility and supply-chain management, esp. in non-Western contexts
  • Transnational environmental accountability, esp. in the hydropower, extractives, and forestry sectors    
  • Civic regulation in China and Southeast Asia

Humanitarianism and Civil Society

  • Social and environmental activism in authoritarian contexts
  • Non-Western cultures of humanitarian action
  • Politics of disaster relief and management
Baxter T; Yeophantong P, 2020, Incorporating gender into Chinese hydropower development in the Mekong region, Panda Paw Dragon Claw, https://pandapawdragonclaw.blog/2020/08/14/incorporating-gender-into-chinese-hydropower-development-in-the-mekong-region/
2020
Yeophantong P; Fletcher L, 2019, Why Australia Shouldn’t Overreact to China in the Pacific, Australian Institute of International Affairs, https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/australia-shouldnt-overreact-china-pacific/
2019
Yeophantong P; Hicks W, 2019, Can China Be a “Responsible” Actor in the Pacific? Some Implications for Australia, Australian Institute of International Affairs, https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/can-china-responsible-actor-pacific-implications-for-australia/
2019
Yeophantong P; Wang S, 2019, Chinese Telecommunications Investment in Africa: Bad News for Development?, Australian Institute of International Affairs
2019
Hicks W; Yeophantong P, 2019, Why Africa Matters to Australia, Australian Institute of International Affairs, https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/why-africa-matters-australia/
2019
Yeophantong P, 2016, China’s G20 Leadership and the Challenges of Sustainable Development, The Diplomat Magazine, http://thediplomat.com/2016/09/chinas-g20-leadership-and-the-challenges-of-sustainable-development/
2016
Yeophantong P, 2015, A Second Look at the Bangkok Blast, The Diplomat Magazine, http://thediplomat.com/2015/08/a-second-look-at-the-bangkok-blast/
2015
Yeophantong P, 2014, China and the spectre of water wars in Southeast Asia, University of Nottingham, http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/chinapolicyinstitute/2014/10/30/china-and-the-spectre-of-water-wars-in-southeast-asia/
2014
Yeophantong P, 2014, Cambodia’s Environment: Good News in Areng Valley?, http://thediplomat.com/2014/11/cambodias-environment-good-news-in-areng-valley/
2014
Yeophantong P; Maurin C, 2013, Chinese Companies Moving into the World Market… Responsibly?, https://apm.iar.ubc.ca/chinese-companies-moving-into-the-world-market-responsibly/
2013
Yeophantong P, 2011, China's rise can only be peaceful, http://www.newschinamag.com/magazine/chinas-rise-can-only-be-peaceful
2011
Yeophantong P, 2010, Can China afford to confront the world? Part II, http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/can-china-afford-confront-world-%E2%80%93-part-ii
2010