Mathis Lohatepanont

เมธิส โลหเตปานนท์

Researcher and writer



University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Incoming Ph.D. Student in Political Science

University of California, Berkeley
B.A. in Political Science (2020)

Work Experience

Thailand Development Research Institute
Researcher | February 2021 – June 2022

As part of the Innovation Policy for Sustainable Development Team, I worked on producing policy recommendations related to the restructuring of Thailand’s economy in order to enhance its future competitiveness.

Bangkok Post
Journalism Intern | June – July 2019

I interned for the Bangkok Post’s Asia Focus section, reporting and writing commentaries on economics, business and politics in the Asia-Pacific region.

Research Interests

Thailand/East & Southeast Asia

Institutions & state capability

Political parties

Innovation & national competitiveness

Public Policy Research Projects

I participated in the following policy research projects, all of which were led by Dr. Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu, TDRI Research Director.

แผนพัฒนาอุตสาหกรรมสร้างสรรค์กลุ่ม บริการสร้างสรรค์(การโฆษณา การออกแบบ และการบริการด้านสถาปัตยกรรม) และกลุ่มสินค้าสร้างสรรค์ (แฟชั่น) [Creative industry development plan for the creative services (advertising, design, and architecture) and creative products (fashion)], 2022. Funded by the Creative Economy Agency (CEA).

โครงการการจัดซื้อจัดจ้างภาครัฐเพื่อสนับสนุนนวัตกรรมผ่านมาตรการบัญชีนวัตกรรมไทย [Supporting public procurement for innovation through Thailand’s Innovation Catalog], 2021-22. Funded by the Office of National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO).

การปรับโครงสร้างแรงงานสร้างสรรค์ในอุตสาหกรรมสร้างสรรค์ของไทยในยุคหลังโควิด-19 [Restructuring of creative labor in the Thai creative industries in the post-Covid-19 era], 2021-22. Funded by the Program Management Unit for National Competitiveness Enhancement (PMUC).

การออกแบบกลไก กระบวนการทำงาน และการจัดสรรทรัพยากรในระบบวิทยาศาสตร์ วิจัยและนวัตกรรม [Designing mechanisms, working processes and resource management systems in Thailand’s science, research and innovation ecosystem], 2021. Funded by the Office of National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO).

I also contributed to the following research spin-off media:

สรรค์สร้างแรงงานสร้างสรรค์, TDRI Book, December 2021.

“ฟื้นฟูหัตถกรรมไทย ทำอย่างไรให้ตรงจุด,” กรุงเทพธุรกิจ, July 22, 2021.

Research Pieces

“Thailand’s post-2019 party spectrum,” Thai Data Points, forthcoming.

“What’s in a Thai cabinet?,” Thai Data Points, December 9, 2020.


“Hierarchy is what states make of it,” Realist Review, April 25, 2019.


Selected pieces. I am a regular contributor for the Thai Enquirer, writing twice a month on average since January 2020. For all of my media articles, please see here. I previously wrote under the byline “Ken Lohatepanont.”

Thai domestic politics:

“Clan politics is bad for democracy,” Thai Enquirer, March 24, 2022.

“The decay of Palang Pracharath,” Thai Enquirer, February 2, 2022.

“Bureaucratic system must move faster to tackle Covid crisis,” Thai Enquirer, July 29, 2021.

“Constitutional reform efforts staring at a dead end,” Thai Enquirer, March 27, 2021.

“Four takeaways from Thailand’s 2020 local elections,” Thai Enquirer, December 22, 2020.

“Thai education needs reform. We can start with how we teach history,” Thai Enquirer, July 17, 2020.

“Building broad support for constitutional reform,” Bangkok Post, October 23, 2019.

“Democratic system more than just the popular vote,” Bangkok Post, March 30, 2019.

International politics

“Thailand in the age of deglobalization and great power competition,” Thai Enquirer, June 28, 2022.

“Japan’s upcoming political succession, explained,” Thai Enquirer, September 6, 2021.

“What a Suga premiership means for Japan, the broader region, and Thailand,” Thai Enquirer, October 7, 2020.

“US-China relations beyond 2020,” Bangkok Post, August 5, 2019.

“Shinzo Abe’s constitution dream,” Bangkok Post, July 8, 2019.

In addition, I have provided media commentary for Bloomberg and the Australian Financial Review.


Thai (Native proficiency), English (fluent), Chinese (basic), Japanese (basic)