Updated 31/05/22

Since 1985, the IRD has been developing numerous research projects in Thailand in the fields of environment, health and social sciences.

Research programs are developed and conducted in partnership with Thai universities, research centers and government departments as well as with other research actors in Thailand. The scientific priorities developed in the country have a strong regional dimension, in particular with Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.

The IRD in Thailand contributes to the training of master, doctoral and post-doctoral students. With its partners, it also strengthens local research capacities, in particular through the young teams associated with IRD (JEAI).

Currently, four researchers are expatriated in Thailand and about ten researchers regularly carry out short or long-term missions in the framework of their research projects.

Since November 2021, the IRD Representation in Thailand is located in the Faculty of Political Science of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. It coordinates IRD's administrative activities in India, Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh.


  • 12

    Researchers with projects in Thailand

  • 15

    Research programs

  • 425

    Co-publications with Thai partners since 2017




Researchers with projects in Thailand

Research programs

Co-publications with Thai partners since 2017


IRD researchers working in Thailand

  • BELLINA-PRYCE Bérénice

    Bérénice Bellina-PryceBérénice Bellina-Pryce is an archaeologist specialising in South Asia and South-East Asia at the CNRS, associated with the IRD (UMR IRD-MNHN 208 Paloc).

    Her research focuses on maritime exchanges between the eastern Indian Ocean and the China Sea during the late prehistoric period, mainly on :

    • the Connectedness of the Asian sea basins and the co-evolution of the different populations of the Thai-Malay peninsula and their environments in relation to exchanges over the long term.
    • multidisciplinary research with a strong ethnological component on communities and heritage, which focuses on contemporary representations and uses of the past in Southeast Asia, on participatory heritage processes and on the valorisation of local knowledge with communities, in particular marine nomads.

    She directs the French Archaeological Mission in Thailand-Burma Peninsula (MAFTBP). This mission is currently working in partnership with the CNRS, Silpakorn University (Bangkok), the National Science Museum (Bangkok), the IRD and the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris).

    With MAFTBP, Bérénice Bellina is working on the research programme: "Local communities in Krabi and the making of maritime silk routes: a community-based and participatory heritage project around the maritime landscape" (or "Lanta Bay Project") 2021-2024. Its objective is to document the role of different maritime groups in the local network in Krabi and in the Maritime Silk Roads through a multidisciplinary and participatory study.

    Contact: Bérénice Bellina-Pryce

  • ÉVRARD Olivier

    Olivier EvrardOlivier Évrard is the Representative of IRD in Thailand since March 2019.

    He is a social anthropologist attached to the Research Unit « Local Heritage and Governance » (IRD-French National Museum of Natural History). He is a specialist of highland ethnic minorities in Laos and Thailand and has conducted extensive fieldwork in both countries. He collaborates with the faculty of Social Sciences at Chiang Mai University, with Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and with the University of Mandalay in Myanmar.

    His work focuses on various aspects of interethnic relationships in mountainous Southeast Asia, especially on agricultural practices, land tenure systems, oral history, myths and rituals. He has also worked on mobility patterns, especially resettlement dynamics in Laos, domestic tourism in Thailand as well as on labor migrations among ethnic minorities. Since 2018, he conducts a research on the social aspects of air pollution in Northern Thailand in order to show how the discourses on the seasonal ‘haze crisis’ reproduce and transform older narratives about upland/lowland relationships.

    Contact: Olivier Évrard

  • GIRAUD Éric

    Eric GiraudÉric Giraud is Research Director at IRD associated to the MSLT team "Symbiotic Mechanisms in Tropical and Mediterranean Legumes" in the PHIM unit (Plant Health Institute of Montpellier) in France. Since 2013, he collaborates with the Suranaree University of Technology in Thailand, initially in the framework of PHC-SIAM projects (2013/2014 and 2017/2018) and followed by the creation of the Young Team Associated with the IRD-JEAI "Symbitrop" (2018-2021) of which he was the correspondent. The research carried out in this partnership aims to better understand and control the interactions between soil bacteria (commonly called rhizobia) and legumes, in the prospect of the development of sustainable agriculture that is more respectful of the environment by limiting the use of chemical nitrogen fertilizers.

    Throughout his last 20 years of career, Eric Giraud focused his research on the study of the mechanisms of nitrogen-fixing symbiosis between rhizobia and legumes, which plays a major agronomic role by increasing crop yield of some tropical legumes (peanut plant, cowpea, soybean) which represent an important source of food in many South countries.

    Contact: Éric Giraud

  • HAMEL Rodolphe

    Rodolphe HamelResearch Associate (Research-Engineer) at IRD, member of the laboratory MIVEGEC, Rodolphe Hamel  works in Thailand since 2010 in collaboration with Mahidol University, Walailak University and Kasetsart University, as an expert in virology especially on arboviruses.

    Embedded from 2016 to 2019 at the Faculty of Tropical Medicine of Mahidol University, in the Young Team Associated with IRD (JEAI) “DENCHITHAI”, he was in charge of the virology aspect of this program, including investigation on Dengue virus, Chikungunya virus and Zika virus in Thailand in human and mosquito samples. His assignment in Thailand had followed several missions (2012 and 2013) in the Department of Medical Entomology of the Faculty of Tropical Medicine (Mahidol University).

    Currently, Rodolphe Hamel leads the project INGENIOUS, dedicates to the evaluation of emerging avian arboviruses in Thailand and in Southeast Asia. This project is funded by the University of Montpellier in collaboration with Mahidol University, Walailak University and Kasetsart University. He has also recently initiated a collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary of Chulalongkorn University to study the emergent flavivirus Tembusu.

    Since 2018, Rodolphe Hamel coordinates for IRD the implementation of a platform dedicated to the design and production of recombinant viral vectors for gene transfer and genome editing in vivo and in vitro at the Institute of Molecular Biosciences and the Faculty of Medical Technology of Mahidol University.

    Throughout the last 20 years, he has worked in several research programs in France, including different fields of research (Particular air pollution, Prion diseases, and Arbovirus diseases). His fields of expertise are in virology, in Molecular and cellular biology and he conducts his work in partnership with several Asian countries (Thailand, Laos, Japan).

    He also shares his experience with students (undergraduate, master degree and PhD students) by giving seminars and lectures at the University of Mahidol in Bangkok and Walailak University in Nakhon Si Tammarat (Thailand).

    Contact: Rodolphe Hamel

  • HAMMECKER Claude

    Claude HammeckerClaude Hammecker is a senior Researcher at IRD, and member of the joint research unit entitled: Laboratory for the study of Soil-Agrosystem-Hydrosystem interactions (LISAH). He is working in Thailand since September 2017 at Land Development Department (LDD), as a coordinator and expert in soil physics and soil physico-chemistry within the framework of a TICA research project « Towards an improvement of soil and water quality in the context of land use and climate changes in Thailand ». He is specifically leading the activities related to the study of the improvement of the quality of the sandy soils of the Northeast of Thailand with biochar amendments.

    Throughout his career, he led and participated to various research programs in Senegal, Brazil, and Thailand. His fields of expertise are the modeling of water and solute transfer in soils as well as the characterization of the physical properties of soils. The main research activities concern the study of saline soils in West Africa and Thailand as well as the transfer of nutrients and water into the soil. In recent years, his studies in the field of ecohydrology have focused on the impact on soil and water resources of rubber tree planting in marginal areas in Thailand.

    Contact: Claude Hammecker

  • JOURDAIN Gonzague

    Gonzague JourdainGonzague Jourdain is a medical epidemiologist, with a PhD in Epidemiology. He joined the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development in 2006.

    The overall objective of his research is to propose simple and easy-to-implement responses to public health problems related to infectious diseases. Dr Jourdain works in close collaboration with Chiang Mai University in Thailand, and with a network of clinical research hospitals in Thailand and Laos.

    Dr. Jourdain has been the principal investigator of several clinical studies funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health NICHD and NIAID. He has published over 130 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including on perinatal transmission of HIV and HBV and treatment of HIV infection.

    Contact: Gonzague Jourdain

  • LAINÉ Nicolas

    Nicolas LainéNicolas Lainé is an Anthropologist, Research fellow at the UMR PALOC (IRD-National Museum of Natural History). A specialist in society-environment relations, he has conducted numerous field studies in India, Laos and more recently in Thailand. He is an Associate researcher at IRASEC and collaborates with the Faculty of Veterinary Technology at Kasetsart University, the Chulabhorn Research Institute in Bangkok, and the École Normale Supérieure - University of Hué in Vietnam.

    His work focuses on human-animal relationships, health (One Health), and local knowledge (ethno veterinary). They question the complex links between biodiversity-society-health and open reflections on the co-production of knowledge (expert/layperson, human/non-human) in South and Southeast Asia. By studying what circulates between species and the perceptions and treatments of animal diseases, it focuses on the knowledge systems mobilised locally to prevent the associated risks. In doing so, it aims to highlight the way in which human-animal relations condition socio-environmental balances and impact the health of humans, animals and the environment.

    Since 2020, he has been coordinating the BufFarm One Health SEA program, a multidisciplinary project whose objective is to understand the various ethnological, ecological and medical aspects of extensive buffalo farming in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.

    Contact :

  • MANGUIN Sylvie

    Sylvie ManguinSylvie Manguin is a Full Research Professor at IRD. She is part of the Research unit UMR-5151 HSM (HydroSciences Montpellier), based at the University of Montpellier (UM), France. She is a leading medical entomologist and academician researcher whose main interest concerns mosquitoes and vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue. She has developed studies on Anopheles mosquitoes from three continents (Asia, Africa, America), including molecular species identification, population genetics, phylogenetic, vectorial capacities, spatial surveillance, midgut microbiota biodiversity, salivary immunological markers and vector control approaches. Since 1998, she is working on malaria and dengue vectors from Southeast Asia, in partnership with teams from Kasetsart (KU) and Mahidol (MU) Universities. She is teaching medical entomology at KU, and since 2006, she has been the advisor of 28 students in Master, PhD and Post-doctorate from KU and MU, including PhDs in co-registration at KU and UM.

    She is the author of 116 indexed publications (WOS h index: 36), six book chapters, three books including « Towards Malaria Elimination – A leap Forward », « Anopheles mosquitoes: New insights into malaria vectors », for which she is the Editor (IntechOpen Access) and « Biodiversity of malaria in the World » (John Libbey Ed.), respectively published in 2018, 2013 and 2008. She is also the Secretary General of the International Federation of Tropical Medicine (IFTM), member of the Editorial Boards of the Malaria Journal and Acta Tropica, she is an expert on vectors at ANSES and she serves as expert and reviewer in several international institutions (NIH-NIAID, USA; Oxford Univ, UK; GBIF, Denmark; GHTM, Portugal; ESF, Europe; ANRES, Thailand) and more than 20 scientific journals.

    The last book she edited « Towards Malaria Elimination – A leap Forward » (2018) is accessible in open access.


    Contact: Sylvie Manguin

  • MISSÉ Dorothée

    Dorothée MisséDorothée Missé (Research Director) co-heads the “Biology of Viral Infection” Department at the Research Institute for Development (IRD -UMR 224 IRD/CNRS/UM MIVEGEC, Montpellier, France). She works on the pathogenesis of emerging or re-emerging viruses (Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika, Mayaro...viruses) with a focus on virus-host interactions, innate immunity and pathogenesis. She has contributed to many externally funded projects as principal investigator and contributed to >120 studies including those in Nat. Biotechnol., PNAS., PLoS Path., PLoS Biology, Trends in Ecol. Evol., Blood, Cell Report, as well as four patents. She has pioneered the field of Zika virus biology.

    She’s also involved in interdisciplinary “One-Health” projects in South-East Asia and Africa with the aim to reduce the risk of emergence of viral zoonotic diseases. For more than 15 years, she has developed a strong scientific partnership with several Thai Universities on projects based on the understanding of the mechanisms involved in arbovirus transmission. In this context, she directed or co-directed several Thai PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

    She was the IRD representative of a Young Team Associated to IRD (JEAI DENCHICTHAI) whose researchers came from two Thai universities (Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University and Prince of Songkla University). She also had a strong partnership with researchers based at the Faculty of Medical Technology (Mahidol University) and recently she obtained a PHC-SIAM grant with Dr Sineewanlaya Wichit. In this context, she supervises PhD students from this Faculty.

    Contact: Dorothée Missé


    Nicole Ngo-Giang-HuongNicole Ngo-Giang-Huong obtained a PhD in Pharmacy, a specialisation in Medical Biology at the University of Paris XI and a PhD in Immunology at the University of Paris VII. In 2001, she joined the Harvard School of Public Health as a Research Associate at IRD Unit 054-PHPT in Thailand to set up an HIV research laboratory and develop molecular tools for clinical studies.  In particular, she was one of the first to combine the use of filter paper to collect blood from infants born to HIV-infected mothers with a new molecular biology technique based on real-time detection of the viral genome.

    This work has enabled infants in several regions of Thailand to have access to early diagnosis of HIV infection and therefore receive prompt antiretroviral treatment. She was recruited by IRD in 2006 and joined MIVEGEC in January 2021. Over the past 15 years, she has continued to conduct studies to better diagnose or treat infections with a major impact on public health, including HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human papillomavirus. It also trains health professionals and students from Thailand and other South East Asian countries.

    Contact: Nicole Ngo-Giang-Huong

  • PARADIS Emmanuel

    Emmanuel Paradis

    Director of research at IRD, attached to the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences of Montpellier (ISE-M), Emmanuel Paradis develops a research program on the relationships between biodiversity, human populations, and sustainable development. He is interested in ecological and evolutionary processes affecting natural ecosystems and large predators, as well as short term and medium term predictions in relation to global changes (climate and landscape changes). He is developing, in collaboration with the National Biobank of Thailand (NBT), Kasetsart University, and Burapha University, a project on these questions in Thailand. He is currently hosted at NBT (part of the National Science and Technology Development Agency, NSTDA) where his activities focus on the BIMOMS project (biodiversity modeling at multiple scales) funded by IRD.

    During his 32 years of career, including seven at CNRS and seventeen at IRD, he has worked in various research programs in Europe and Asia. His areas of expertise are modeling, biostatistics and bioinformatics. He worked during seven years in Indonesia and has conducted numerous bioinformatics training workshops in various countries including Benin, Vietnam and Thailand. He coordinates the development of several software for phylogenetic analysis and population genomics distributed under an open license (

    Contact: Emmanuel Paradis

  • POMPON Julien

    Julien PomponJulien Pompon is a molecular entomologist and studies the transmission by mosquitoes of viruses causing dengue, Zika, West Nil fever, chikungunya… Almost the whole human population lives in areas where there is a risk of infection by these viruses, but the tropics are specifically exposed with a continuous presence of these pathogens. In spite of this alarming sanitary situation, there are few effective vaccines and no cure. The most widely-deployed intervention is vector control. However, the current technologies are not sufficient to prevent epidemics.

    The aim of Julien Pompon’s research is to improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that lead to virus transmission in order to identify new intervention targets and develop new control means. To this end, he uses state-of-the-art tools including next generation sequencing, proteomics and metabolomics to understand how the virus harnesses the mosquito physiology to enable transmission to humans. In Thailand, Julien works in close interaction with scientists in the universities of Mahidol and Walailak, with whom he shares the cutting-edge technologies to transfer his expertise and help fight the mosquito-borne diseases that are endemic in Thailand.

    Contact: Julien Pompon


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