Louis Lebel

Louis Lebel has been with Chiang Mai University since 1999 and began working in Thailand in 1991. He has on-going research interests and a range of publications spanning ecology, epidemiology and public health, political science and environmental governance. He helps lead and coordinate the Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience (M-POWER) a network of some 30 organizations committed to improving livelihood security, human and ecosystem health in the Mekong Region through democratizing water governance.

He has contributed to several of the international global environmental change research programs over the past 15 years. He was first with the IGBP-GCTE International Project Office in Canberra, Australia, from where he helped establish the Global Changes Impacts Centre for Southeast Asia in Bogor, Indonesia. Later as a Science Coordinator for START programmes he drove the development of the ambitious Integrated Study Science Plan on “Global Change and Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia” and was active in promoting and facilitating the work of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) within Southeast Asia, contributing to a number projects relevant to the programmes on institutions, industrial transformation, human security and water. He also served on the first international steering committee for the Global Carbon Project and currently serves on the committees for the “Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study” and the IHDP’s Earth System Governance Project.


Unit for Social and Environmental Research (USER) - Chiang Mai University


Co-chair of SUMERNET Steering Committee and Water Insecurity Advisor


Water governance

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