For the past two years, Kanokphan Jongjarb has been a research associate at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), for a regional research titled, ‘What is Essential is Invisible’: Empowerment and Security in Economic Development Projects for Low-Income Women in Four Mekong Countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam) which among other topics of social protection, access to clean water and sanitation is also included. Moreover, she is a volunteer to support gender mainstreaming for a local NGO, Kamuka, in Indonesia and recently selected for the 2017 UNV Social Protection Ambassador from socialprotection.org.
Kanokphan holds a MSc in Gender and Development Studies from AIT, Thailand. Her thesis is about gendered vulnerability and gendered adaptation toward water stress in peri-urban Bangkok, as part of a larger project entitled ‘Adapting to Climate Change in Peri-urban Southeast Asia’ (Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam). In 2013, she served as a Young GMS Professional Program (YGMS) at Mekong Institution, where she developed her interest in donor agencies and the implementation of gender equality policies in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Prior to that, she received her B.A from Silpakorn University and her graduate research project focused on participatory water management in the Karen Po ethnicity village.
Kanokphan specializes in gender, environment and development, in particular water resources management and climate-related water stress. Her interests also involve gender equality, social protection and migration in Southeast Asia. She has over 8 years of experience managing and conducting social sciences research in developing countries.