Present in Thailand since 1985, IRD develops research projects focused on three main areas: environmental sciences and natural resources, health and social sciences.
Research programmes are designed and implemented in partnership with Thai universities, research centres and Thai governmental agencies, as well as other research actors in Thailand. The scientific priorities pursued in the country have a significant regional dimension, in particular with Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.
IRD in Thailand also supports master's, doctoral and post-doctoral students, and provides capacity building for local research teams, in particular through partnership schemes like Young Teams Associated with IRD (JEAI) set up with local partners.
Four researchers and engineers are currently posted in Thailand, and about ten researchers regularly carry out short or long term assignments in the country to complete their ongoing research projects.
IRD Representative Office in Thailand is located in Bangkok, within the Alliance Française. It also covers and coordinates IRD activities in India, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh and Singapore.