SOAS University of London

British Council Newton Fund awards £50,000 to SOAS researcher for project on Chinese migration in Thailand

11 April 2017

Dr Enze Han, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at SOAS University of London, has been awarded a British Council Newton Fund award of £49,322 for a project on Chinese migration run in collaboration with Chiang Mai University in Thailand.

The research project, ‘New Waves of Chinese Migrations to Northern Thailand: Their Impacts on the Agricultural and Tourism Sectors’ is a joint project between SOAS and Chiang Mai University Thailand, funded by the British Council's Institutional Links scheme.

The project, which intends to build institutional links between Chiang Mai University and SOAS, focuses on the increasing flows and impacts of new Chinese migrants as transnational entrepreneurs in the agricultural and tourism sectors of northern Thailand.

The project examines the significant impacts of Chinese influence on socio-economic sustainable development along the Thai/Myanmar/Laos border and how the Chinese farming investors contribute to borderland development, social equality, and local livelihood improvement for Thai society in the near future. The project also examines how recent Chinese entrepreneurs in the tourism sector affected the economic development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in northern Thailand, and in Chiang Mai in particular.