In Thailand, IRD's research projects are distributed around three scientific priorities, designed to meet the country's sustainable development challenges:
1) Environment: ecosystems and natural resources
2) Health: infectious, vector-borne and chronic diseases
3) Society: urban dynamics, governance, social aspects of environmental issues
Young teams associated with IRD (JEAIs)
The Young teams associated with IRD (JEAI) programme is designed to support the creation and reinforcement of new research teams in tropical countries through a scientific partnership with an existing IRD team.
It is aimed at researchers from tropical countries working on a common theme who wish to structure themselves into a research team.
- In Thailand, IRD is currently involved in the research capacity building of scientific communities and the training of new research teams through the SymbiTrop JEAI, which focuses on the symbiosis between cultivated tropical legumes and beneficial soil microorganisms such as Bradyrhizobium.
International Joint Laboratories (IJLs)
IJLs are research programmes co-built and co-directed by IRD and its local partners (universities and research institutes) around a common scientific theme and a joint platform. They aim at developing and strengthening multidisciplinary research by ultimately becoming (or being integrated into) a sustainable operational research structure under the responsibility of the partner country. It can be bilateral or regional.
In Thailand, a regional LMI is currently operating:
- IJL LUSES - An International joint laboratory on the impacts of rapid land use change on soil ecosystem services.
IJL LUSES is a joint research and training programme at the regional level, carried out by IRD, universities and research institutes of South-East Asia.
The research projects implemented within the framework of LUSES are focused on issues related to the agricultural context in Southeast Asia, in particular, the understanding of social and agricultural systems evolution. Based on biophysical and socio-economic analyses, IJL LUSES seeks to promote scientific collaborations at regional and international levels. It also provides capacity-building on questions related to land-use change impacts on soil ecological services. The knowledge and expertise emerging from IJL LUSES will support the sustainable management of the region's fast-changing agro-ecosystems.