Organization - Thai Khadi Research Institute

Thai Khadi Research Institute
Basic Information
English Thai Khadi Research Institute
Local language สถาบันไทยคดีศึกษา
Country Thailand
Category Research Institute
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Knowledge and Practices Concerning Nature and the Universe
Function Research
Established year 1971
  • To promote research and in-depth study of Thai culture and society at the local and regional levels;
  • To encourage scholars and faculty members to conduct research relevant to the needs of Thai society;
  • To seek and allocate research grants and funds by coordinating with various national, regional, and international agencies;
  • To disseminate research findings and new approaches to Thai studies by organizing talks, training programs, cross-cultural workshops, national and international seminars and conferences, as well as publishing documentation in the form of newsletters, journals, pamphlets, and books;
  • To promote institutional linkages through an exchange of information as well as an exchange of researchers between national and international institutes.


Thai Khadi Research Institute is part of Thammasat University, the second oldest university in Thailand and one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Established in 1971, the Thai Khadi Research Institute was initially intended to encourage academics in Thailand to create and disseminate the body of knowledge about Thai society and culture. In the early stage, the institute focused on research as its major mission. Emphasis was on humanities and historical research and documentation.

In 1977, the Institute began to expand its scope of work on research and academic activities as Thammasat University’s research center. It provided research funds for university personnel and academics while expanding cooperation and academic networks with international research funds and other international academic institutes. Then the institute’s research projects covered a wide range of issues, namely rural development, economics, poverty, income distribution, and congested communities. These studies were problem-oriented and policy-oriented, and they were undertaken in response to the government’s policy and the national economic and social development plans. During the past decade, research projects also involved the fields of medicine and science and technology in response to the demands of personnel and academics at the university’s newly established faculties.

Moreover, the institute is responsible for many arts and cultural projects relating to classical music, dance, theatrical art, and art history in general. Some of the major research-related and non-research-related projects in the past are: preservation of Nang Yai (large shadow puppets); documentation and exhibition of Thai classical music instruments; the recording of “Ngoa Pa,” the music composed by King Chulalongkorn; a seminar and demonstration of traditional court dances; and an exhibition on the making of Khon masks.

Major Activities

At present, the Thai Khadi Research Institute concentrates on conducting its own research projects in the fields of social sciences and the humanities. The institute has implemented an integrated research plan and agenda in accordance with national research strategies. Its research agenda, in particular, is in support of national competitiveness, social capital, poverty alleviation, quality of life, and sustainable development strategies, on the basis of in-depth understanding of Thai society and culture.

In addition to research works, the institute also plays a vital role as an academic network. It has continued to organize academic activities, such as seminars and training, and has offered academic services for more than three decades. The institute has also hosted international seminars on various topics, such as Village and State in Thai Studies (April 1985); Asian Forum for Muslim Social Scientists (February 1987); Thai Studies in ASEAN: State of the Art (September 1987); The Literary, Historical, and Cultural Aspects of Thao Hung Thao Cheuang (November 1995); Comparative Thai-Vietnam Archaeology (August 1998); Tai Peoples before the Coming of Civilization (May 1999); Seminar on Ethnography of South East Asian Textiles (August 2000); and Research Methodology for the Study of Art History (May-June 2003).

In terms of publications, the institute, consistently publishes its own academic journal, The Thai Khadi Research Journal, a journal of Thai Studies intended as a forum for academics and graduate students, both Thai and international, to present their research findings in social sciences and the humanities. The periodical journal is nationally listed in the Thai-Journal Citation Index (TCI). Moreover, many academic books based on the research projects have been issued by the institute.

Recently, the institute has been getting involved with the listing of the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) of Thailand by organizing series of meetings and seminars in 2015-2016 on Khon, an important theatrical performance of Thailand, produced by practitioners and holders of the art on a national level.

In 2017, the institute co-organized the International Conference on Thai Studies (ICTS), which has been held once every three years since 1981. For more than three decades, the ICTS has provided a forum for Thai and foreign scholars to present their research findings on several areas of Thai society, including culture, economy, history, gender, politics, religions, and many others. The venue of the conference rotates among leading universities in Thailand and many other countries where Thai studies are a major discipline. The ICTS13 with the theme “Thai Studies: Globalized Thailand? Connectivity, Conflict, and Conundrums of Thai Studies” was held from July 15 to 18, 2017, at Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

Contact Information (Organization)
Address Anek Prasong Building 1, 9th Floor, 2 Tha Prachan, Bangkok 10200 THAILAND
Tel +66-2-612-3203-5
Fax +66-2-226-2112

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