Sutee Anantsuksomsri, PhDAugust 30, 2018
Dr. Anantsuksomsri is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, as well as a Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering at Tsukuba University in Japan. He earned a Ph.D. in Regional Science from Cornell University in New York. Recent research and consulting projects have led him to the theory of the “Just City,” by Susan S. Fainstein, in which equity, democracy, and diversity are the major concerns of urban development. One of Dr. Anantsuksomsri’s concerns relates to the development of the newly announced Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and its negative impact on people in the area, especially vulnerable poor in the agricultural sector. Crop lands in the EEC are likely to change into other types of use such as urban areas and perennials land use, benefitting the rich since the policy aims to encourage investment in the area. Although there are expected economic spillover effects from these investments, positive effects may not be able to cover the gap in uneven benefits. Creating opportunity and social equality are at the forefront of his concerns.