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Research Centre Chiang Mai

About the Research Centre

The Unit for Social and Environmental Research (USER) is is a small inter-disciplinary research group within the Chiang Mai University School of Public Policy (CMU-SPP).

We have long-standing interests in governance of natural resources and environmental change. Most of our policy-related research is carried out in the Mekong Region but we welcome collaboration and comparative analysis with other parts of the world.

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Recent publications

Climate Refugees: Global, Local and Critical Approaches

The last few years have witnessed a flurry of activity in global governance and international lawseeking to address the protection…

The Political Impact of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming Governance Through Global Goals?

Written by an international team of over sixty experts and drawing on over three thousand scientific studies, this is the…

The Normative Foundations of International Climate Adaptation Finance

Billions of dollars are annually transferred to poor nations to help them adapt to the effects of climate change. This…

The Emergence of Geoengineering: How Knowledge Networks Form Governance Objects

For many years, suggestions to 'geoengineer' the climate occupied a marginal role in climate change science and politics. Today, visions…