Perada Phumessawatdi, PhD Social Policy


I have both a BA in Social Administration and an MA in English for Careers from Thammasat University in Thailand. I also hold an MSc in Gender and International Relations from the University of Bristol.

Prior to starting my PhD, I worked in the Department of Women’s Affairs and Family Development for the Royal Thai Government. At an international level, I worked as the secretariat to the Working Group of ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and the Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) and ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) for Drafting ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Women (ASEAN RPA on EVAW). I also served as a secretary to the Chair of the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status on Women.

Research topic

My research focus examines the movement of the 'universal' UN gender mainstreaming policy to Thailand. The study seeks to explain how this policy has been interpreted, formed, transferred and translated from UN to Thailand. It will identify gaps in the movement process; and suggest further development for the transfer and translation of the gender mainstreaming policy. The study investigates the movement of gender mainstreaming across multiple scales: international, national and implementation scales by adopting policy transfer, policy translation and postcolonial feminism as the conceptual frameworks.


Professor Sarah Payne and Dr Patricia Kennett

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