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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Pattamaporn Prachomrat

PhD Title

Public sector R&D and innovation in an emerging country: An analysis of knowledge flow and linkages between public and private sectors in the Thai National System of Innovation


Research interests

Science, technology and innovation are generally seen as central to enhancing national competitiveness. Therefore, many countries are trying to enhance their science base and develop new technology in order to improve their competitiveness in the global market. Thailand is one such example - a nation which is a follower struggling to compete with more developed countries. Currently, Thailand is seeking to develop its own technologies in order to satisfy its national needs and to reduce the cost of importing technologies. However, thus far its efforts have not allowed the development of S&T and innovation to progress as quickly and efficiently as was expected.


What happened with Thailand’s S&T development? Why cannot progress be made in its S&T and innovation in order to enhance its competitiveness? To investigate this, the concept of national system of innovation (NSI) will be used. The NSI concept has been employed widely to study and describe the development of S&T and innovation in a national context. It is focused on the investigation of the flows of knowledge between three main actors in the system: the government, universities and the private sector. Furthermore, after an answer for those two questions is found, it will lead to the next important question: How can Thailand improve its NSI in order to embed S&T and innovation in the process of enhancing national competitiveness? My research intends to find out the answers for these questions.


PhD supervisors

  • Dr.Graham Spinardi
  • Prof.Robin Williams


Awards and Funding

  • The Royal Thai Government Scholarship



  • MSc by Research in Science and Technology Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • MSc in Industrial Microbiology, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
  • BA in Microbiology, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.