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Lecture on Migration in Southeast Asia for Master Program Students in Social Innovation & Sustainability, School of Global Studies, Thammasat University (closed event)

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SEA Junction Director, Dr. Rosalia Sciortino, will talk about “Migration in Southeast Asia” to students who are taking the course Contemporary Sustainability Issues under the Master of Social Innovation and Sustainability, School of Global Studies, Thammasat University.

The lecture will present an overview of intraregional migration in Southeast Asia and the policies currently in place at the national and regional levels. The class will discuss the economic and demographic differentials in the increasingly interconnected global and regional economies that shape labor migration dynamics in Southeast Asia and structure them along a chain in which low-skilled workers from the weakest economies move to the stronger economies in East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and other parts of the world. Attention will also be given to the conditions and impacts of migration as well as policy and intervention gaps.


Dr. Rosalia (Lia) Sciortino Sumaryono, a cultural anthropologist and development sociologist by training, earned her doctorate at the Vrije Universities, Amsterdam with honors. Currently, she is Associate Professor at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University and Visiting Professor at the Master in International Development Studies (MAIDS), Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. She is also the Founder and Director of SEA Junction.

Most recently, Dr. Sciortino was IDRC Regional Director for Southeast and East Asia in Singapore (2010-2014), Senior Adviser for the Health Program to the Australian Agency for International Development in Indonesia (2009-2010), and Regional Director for Asia of the Rockefeller Foundation (2000-2007) establishing during her tenure the Foundations Southeast Asia Office in Bangkok. Prior to that, she was program officer Gender, Human Development and Reproductive Health at the Indonesia and Philippines offices of the Ford Foundation from 1993 to 2000.

Dr. Sciortino acts as a consultant for international and regional organizations, as an adviser for academic and international development institutions, and is a member of scientific and institutional boards. She has published widely on development issues in Southeast Asia, in particular public health, gender and regional integration in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and ASEAN. A Dutch national native of Palermo, Italy, she fluently speaks Italian, English, Indonesian and Dutch. On 25 November 2017, she received a medal from the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences for contribution to social sciences in Vietnam.


SEA Junction, OUR Venue on Southeast Asia, aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/


School of Global Studies, Thammasat University

The School of Global studies is a new and innovative academic initiative within Thammasat University and a front runner in global health and social innovation within Thailand, Southeast Asia and beyond with a track record of excellent research on determinants of the public’s health, student centered teaching, and academic service relevant to community needs. The School enjoys a unique position of being a national, regional and global focal point for global studies, human security and wellbeing with collaborative relationships with academic and professional communities.


March 8
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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SEA Junction, Room 408, BACC
939 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
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