Mathis Lohatepanont

เมธิส โลหเตปานนท์

Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan / Opinion writer and analyst of Thai and regional politics in Asia

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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ph.D. Student in Political Science
(In Progress)

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

Research at TDRI

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. Submitted to the Creative Economy Agency (CEA).

โครงการการจัดซื้อจัดจ้างภาครัฐเพื่อสนับสนุนนวัตกรรมผ่านมาตรการบัญชีนวัตกรรมไทย [Supporting public procurement for innovation through Thailand’s Innovation Catalog], 2022. Submitted to 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. Submitted to 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. Submitted to the Office of National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO).


Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu, Warakorn Awutpanyakul, Parinya Mingsakul, Piyapat Panchim, Teerapat Kammarabutr, Mathis Lohatepanont, Naparit Chantawasinkul, Nicha Pittayapongsakorn and Winit Theanvanichpant, สรรค์สร้างแรงงานสร้างสรรค์ [Creating Creative Labour] (Thailand Development Research Institute, 2021)


“ฟื้นฟูหัตถกรรมไทย ทำอย่างไรให้ตรงจุด [Reviving Thailand’s crafts industry]”, กรุงเทพธุรกิจ, July 22, 2021.

Research Pieces

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


“Has time run out for Thailand’s prime minister?,” Washington Post (The Monkey Cage), September 9, 2022.

“New Bangkok Governor challenges government’s grip on power,” East Asia Forum, July 15, 2022.

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


Selected pieces. I am a regular contributor for the Thai Enquirer. For all of my media articles, please see here. I previously wrote under the byline “Ken Lohatepanont.”

Thai politics

“Prayut’s cabinet of rivals imperils prospects of his third term with Anutin as his key challenger,” Thai Enquirer, December 23, 2022.

“Dissecting Prayut’s speech on his new economic strategy,” Thai Enquirer, July 12, 2022.

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

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

“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.

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

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

Public policy

“What is stopping us from having an economy based on innovation and invention?,” Thai Enquirer, July 5, 2022.

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

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

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.

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

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

Media Commentary

I have provided media commentary for/been quoted in The Guardian, Bloomberg, The Australian Financial Review, The Diplomat and Southeast Asia Globe.


Thai (native), English (near-native), Chinese (intermediate), Japanese (basic)