The Centre for Ecological Economics
  Asia Pacific Regional Initiative on Trade, Economic Governance, and Human Development
  Evening Short Courses in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
   The Centre for Ecological Economics was established in the Faculty of Economics in 1995 to encourage academic research work both at the theoretical and empirical levels. The focus of the research is two-fold; methodological and policy relevance. An ecological economic modelling approach is under development; i.e. to analyse CO2 emissions under alternative energy tax regimes, and to create GIS-based land-use models. It is also the aim of the Centre to contribute to the on-going discussion on global environmental issues; such as, climate change, biodiversity conservation and the use of economic instruments.
Current Research Projects
Current research projects include economic valuation of the genetic resources of the teak forest at Mae Yom National Park, Northern Thailand and a biophysical and socioeconomic study of Bandon Bay, Southern Thailand. Workshops and seminars are held in connection with the research projects. The Centre organises, in co-operation with the Institute of Tourism and Service Economics, University of Innsbruck, Austria, workshops in the area of environmental economics approach on tourism.  
The Executive Committee of the Centre
The Executive Committee of the Centre, led by Dr. Charit Tingsabadh and Dr. Khunying Suthawan Sathirathai, had the intention of organising the graduate programme in the area of environmental economics to educate people, who are concerned in this area. The MSc Programme in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics was then established by the approval of the President of Chulalongkorn University (Professor Dr. Thienchay Kiranandana) in 1997 under the Faculty of Economics. So far, the Programme has successfully produced many qualified graduates.  
Mission of the Centre
The Centre for Ecological Economics is developing extensive knowledge through research at the theoretical and empirical level. At present, the Centre is conducting research in the following areas: 
  • The economic valuation of mangroves and the role of local communities in the conservation of the resources, using Surat Thani province as a case study
  • The economic valuation of natural forests, with particular reference to the teak forest in Mae Yom National Park and the ecological costs of the Kaeng Sua Ten Water Resources Development Project
  • The impact of tourism on the environment, the economy and the social structure of the hill tribes of northern Thailand.
Graduate students will be invited to work as research assistants and develop their theses on subjects related to these research projects.