Dr. Janjira Sombatpoonsiri

Research Fellow

Dr. Janjira Sombatpoonsiri

  • Short CV

    • March-June 2021: Research Fellow, the impact of Covid-19 on civil society space, Trendanalysen, BMZ

    • Since 2021:National consultant, United Nations Development Programme, Thailand

    • Since 2020:Assistant professor, Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University

    • Since 2/2018: Associate at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

    • Education: Doctor of Philosophy in Politics and International Relations, La Trobe University, Australia

    Current Research

    • Civic activism, social movements, digital activism

    • Authoritarian civil society and rightwing mobilisation

    • Civil society space

    • Digital repression in autocracies

    Countries and Regions

    • Asia

    Dr. Janjira Sombatpoonsiri

    Research Fellow


    GIGA Working Papers | 09/2022

    Sustaining Civic Space in Times of COVID-19: Global Trends

    How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted civic space worldwide? Contrary to mainstream assumptions of “shrinking space,” analysis of five world regions in the Global South and non-OECD Europe and the Caucasus shows that civil society actors have, in fact, often still been able to sustain civic space.

    Infographic | 08/2022

    Do COVID-related Legal Measures Shrink Civic Space?

    How COVID-related measures have changed the civil society space is illustrated in this infographic. The trend analysis was produced as part of the project "Context Matters - Country-Specific Politico-Economic Analyses, Conflict and Crisis Potentials, as well as Global and Regional Trends", funded by BMZ.

    Research Project | 01/02/2023 - 31/01/2024

    Mapping and Strengthening Civil Society Response to Disinformation

    Governments in autocratic and autocratizing contexts may use anti-fake news laws to discredit critical civil society actors as agents of “disinformation” and punish them. Through comparative and cross-learning insights derived from field studies, we seek to map civil society responses against the autocratic use of disinformation laws and strengthen policies for right to information and freedom of speech and expression.
    NED, 2023-2024

    Research Project | 01/01/2023 - 31/08/2024

    Strengthening Civil Society Against the Weaponization of Anti-Fake News Laws: A Comparison of Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Thailand

    In an age of proliferating disinformation, governments in South and Southeast Asia have come out with anti-fake news laws. However, the “weaponization" of such laws can lead governments to control online platforms and censor critics. Our project examines the patterns and processes of the weaponization of such laws against civic actors and countermeasures by the latter. We aim for academic and policy outcomes to improve disinformation regulation while safeguarding digital rights.
    GIGA, 2023-2024


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