Chawin Pongpajon is a lecturer, who teaches and supervises Thai language arts pre-service teachers for secondary schools, at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He is also a guest researcher at the Multicultural Studies and Social Innovation Centre (MSSIC) of the university working on education, conflict and peacebuilding.
Chawin holds a B.Ed. in Secondary Education (Teaching Thai) from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and an M.Ed. in Education with a focus on curriculum, pedagogy and assessment from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has now been on leave for reading a doctorate in Education, Practice and Society at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, University College London, the UK, since September 2019 under the supervision of Professor Dr Tejendra Pherali and Professor Dr Elaine Chase.
Chawin began his professional interest in education, conflict and peacebuilding with the research project on designing a teacher professional development programme on peacebuilding education in conflict-affected southern Thailand. He has gradually improved his understanding of the field through his doctoral study and fieldwork where education for peace and social justice has been explored through educational policies, local perspectives and school practices. His areas of interest are education in conflict-affected areas, politics and policies of language in education as well as critical education and critical literacy with concerns about decolonial thinking.