The Bartlett School of Planning


Umnaj Thananantachai

Research subjects

Thesis title: Housing Governance in Thailand: Managing the Transversal and Inter-Organisational Networks of Housing Delivery to Work for the Urban Poor

Primary supervisor: Professor Nick Gallent
Secondary supervisor: Professor Yvonne Rydin
Sponsor: Royal Thai Government
Starting date: November 2014

Umnaj’s PhD research attempts to examine the structure and form of interactions between diverse actors and explore their power relationship that play a significant role in running the low-income housing delivery system in Thailand. The area of the research will put a focus on Bangkok in which the interplay between actors is intensely situated. 


Umnaj Thananantachai is a scholarship holder from the Royal Thai Government. He recently graduated from King’s College London with an MSc in Public Services Policy & Management. Before that, he also completed a Master’s Degree in Housing Development from the Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the Faculty of Political Science. 

During his graduate study, Umnaj worked as a co-ordinating assistant at the Center for Thailand Democracy Watch and as a research assistant in Housing Planning Project. His research interests are in the areas of governance, decentralization, administrative reform, urban politics, and low-income housing.