Associate Professor Dr. Kanokwan Manorom is teaching at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand. She earned her Ph.D in Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA. Since graduation in 1997, she has been working in the Thailand and Mekong region in fields such as water and land government, development and social impact assessment. Much of her work both research and application have involved with policy recommendations on dam, irrigation and land resource management and development in Northeast region of Thailand and Mekong region. She is currently running the Mekong Fellowship Program (MK32) under Water, Land and Ecosystem Program (WLE) Greater Mekong. Since 2014, she has been working and collaborating with researchers from University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Alberta, Canada on importance of the tributaries of the Mekong and local/indigenous knowledge on sustainable resource governance in the Mekong river basin. Currently she is also active within Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET) as research partners and the former SUMERNET Steering Committee.
This op-ed published in the Bangkok Tribune is based on findings from the SUMERNET research project “Strengthening pathways for rights-based approaches in Mekong hydropower”