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A Transboundary Political Economy of Thailand’s Air Pollution Crisis | A Talk by Danny Marks

About this lecture

Air pollution in Thailand ranks amongst the worst in the world, especially in major cities, industrial and agricultural areas. The spillover effects of air pollution, which flow across sub-national borders or boundaries within Thailand in addition to transgressing its national borders, have led to recent increases in public health problems, environmental and economic damage, and threatened the country’s tourism industry. Using a transboundary political ecology framework, I examine the drivers of the three major sources of air pollution in Thailand: vehicular emissions, agricultural emissions and industrial emissions. My analysis not only focuses on the drivers of transboundary air pollution within Thailand, but extends to examine the effects of emissions on, and responses from, Thailand’s neighbours. Thailand’s incomplete decentralization, administrative fragmentation, prioritisation of economic growth and protection of vested business interests have created numerous barriers to improved transboundary governance of the air. New legislation is needed to overcome these barriers and to address this problem and protect socio-economically marginalised citizens who are disproportionately vulnerable to the adverse effects of transboundary air pollution.

About the speaker

Dr Danny Marks is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics and Policy in the School of Law and Government of Dublin City University. Prior to this position, he was an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the Dept. of Asian and International Studies of City University of Hong Kong. Dr. Marks has spent a number of years conducting research and working in Southeast Asia, particularly in the field of environmental governance.

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Thursday, 5 August 2021 at 16:00


Online (Available via Zoom, Facebook Live and YouTube Live)


Free of charge

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