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Position and institution

• Assistant professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning,Faculty of Architecture,Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
• Director, Urban Design and Development Center (UddC), Bangkok, Thailand
• Research Fellow at Collegium de Lyon, University de Lyon


Niramon Kulsrisombat is an assistant professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. She received her B. Arch (Hons.) from Chulalongkorn University and MA and D. Eng. in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo. Since 2005, she has taught urban design at Chulalongkorn University. In 2013, she became a co-founder and director of the Urban Design and Development Center (UddC; uddc.net). She has led significant urban projects, both at the local and city level such as Bangkok250 (bangkok250.org), GoodWalk Bangkok (goodwalk.org) and Yannawa Riverfront (yannawariverfront.org).

Internationally, apart from her extensive work collaboration with Japan and ASEAN countries, Dr. Kulsrisombat is recognized in France for her scholarship. Her project on inclusive, culture-led urban regeneration has been selected as a good practice in social urban lighting by the Lighting Urban Community International (LUCI) Institute, which is the major organizer of La Fête des Lumières in Lyon. She has been invited to give technical presentations by a few organizations such as the UNESCO-ENTPE Chair in Urban Policies and Citizenship, le Laboratoire de Recherches Interdisciplinaires Ville, Espace, Société (RIVES), Intelligence des Mondes Urbains (IMU), and l’Institut d’Asie Orientale (IAO). She has been a reference for French media such as Le Monde newspaper on urbanism issues. As for her most recent activity, Dr. Kulsrisombat collaborated with French organizations, including Institut de Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC), Alliance Francaise, and ENSA Paris-Belleville to organize an international seminar and exhibition (“Grand Bangkok – Grand Paris: Inclusive Cities”) which was attended by leading French politicians and urban designers such as Pierre Mansat (president de l’AIGP - ‎Mairie de Paris), Francois Decoster (l’AUC, an architecture and urbanism office) and Beatrice Mariolle (Bres+Mariolle et associes).

Dr. Kulsrisombat is currently a Fellow of the Collegium de Lyon, and an associate researcher in Institute for East Asian Studies (IAO), in ENS de Lyon and RIVES, in Ecole nationale des travaux publics de l’État (ENTPE).
Area of research specialisation

• Urban design
• Urban regeneration
• Public participation

Key Publications:

Kulsrisombat, N. Inclusive, Culture-led Urban Regeneration: A Case Study of the Kadeejeen Neighborhood, Bangkok, in Asian City Innovation System Network, http://cisasia.net by Centre de Recherches le Developpement International (CRDI), 2012.

Kulsrisombat, N. Policy Brief on Culture-driven Urban Regeneration, in Asian City Innovation System Network, http://cisasia.net by Centre de Recherches le Developpement International (CRDI), 2012.

Kulsrisombat, N. and Chuntamara, C. Experience in Social Lighting: Kadeejeen Art Festival, Lighting Urban Community International (LUCI), Une publication de la Commission Strategies Urbains de LUCI preside par la Ville de Liege, 2011.

Kulsrisombat, N. Art-Led Revitalization in Asian Cities: A Case Study of Bangkok (in Japanese), Research on Environmental Disruption, Volume 40, Number 3, Winter 2011 page 33-39, 2010.

Kulsrisombat, N. De Facto Urban Regeneration: A Case Study of Chiang Mai City, Thailand, in Sustainable City Regions: Space, Place and Governance, Kidokoro, T., Harata, N., Subanu, L.P., Jessen, J., Motte, A., Seltzer, E.P (eds), cSUR-UT Library for Sustainable Urban Regeneration, Springer (Japan), 2008.

Selected international interviews & media coverage:

Geo-Voyage, Le Bangkok Des Origines, pp.24-35, March-April, 2013.

Gavroche, Cahier Special Inondations Les méfaits du béton, 13 February 2012.

Le Monde, Ayutthaya: merveille en péril, 23 November 2011.

Le Monde, Yingluck sous le flot des critiques, 28 November 2011.

Le Monde, Encerclee parleseaux Bangkok tente de resister aux inondations, 18 October 2011.

Le Monde, Bangkok s’enfonce inexorablement dans la mer. Une mégalopole face à l’urgence de l’adaptation, 20 July 2011.

From March 2016 to December 2016

The Making of Urban Bangkok: Planning and Governance

If cities are the cradle of participatory democracy, Bangkok is one of many appropriate locations in the world to observe the relationship between urban mobilization and change. During the 20th century, Bangkok evolved from a low-density, rural town into the largest city in Thailand and one of the world’s fastest growing megacities of the Global South. In response to the challenges of rapid urbanization, Bangkok was the first city in Thailand to experiment with self-government policies that redefine the role, responsibilities and institutions of local government. That initiative increased possibilities of participation, thus suggesting that the locality could be the platform for regeneration of democracy. In pursuing this approach, Bangkok’s local government and planners drew upon key concepts and systems from developed countries. However, with its own unique historical legacy and complex socio-political context, planning and governance in Bangkok has evolved in a very different way. This research examines Bangkok’s urban transformation from the 19th century to the present, paying particular attention to the relationship between urban politics and urban policies as well as the development of civil society, local government and the state.

Keywords: urban planning, governance, democracy, citizenship, Bangkok