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Paruedee Nguitragool


Funktion Research Associate
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Adresse Rempartstr. 15, 79085 Freiburg
Raum 4323 (Gebäude KG IV, Rempartstr. 15)
Telefon +49 - (0)761 - 203-3474
E-Mail paruedee@nightlabs.de


Paruedee Nguitragool, (born 1978) received a Bachelor's Degree with distinction from the Faculty of Communication Arts at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok in May 2000. In June 2000, she began her professional life as a journalist at Nation Multimedia. After two years, she joined the Global Studies Program (GSP) in April 2002, and was awarded a Master's Degree in Social Science from University of Freiburg (Germany) and University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban (South Africa) (a joint degree) in May 2004. Between October 2004 and October 2008, she pursued a Doctoral Degree in Political Science at University of Freiburg. During this period, she also received a PhD scholarship from Foundation of the German Business (Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft).

Her dissertation examines ASEAN environmental cooperation, particularly its response to the haze phenomenon haunting the region since 1997. For this thesis, Ms. Nguitragool conducted extensive field research in Southeast Asia. She was also a visiting researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta (September 2006-February 2007) and at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore (November 2005-January 2006). Currently, she is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg. Her research interests are environmental politics, international institutions, international laws, international relations and political psychology.


SoSe 2009

  • Foreign Policy, Human Rights and the Environment in Southeast Asia

Presentations and Conference Papers


  • “International and local institutions: the case of Indonesian land and forest fires”, Paper presented at the 2nd Global International Studies Conference’, 23–26 July 2008, Ljublijana, Slovenia


Research Projects “Constructions of the West through International Relations Scholars: Indonesian Views”

Improving the relations between Asia and the West to find a common ground with respect to norms facilitating international cooperation is paramount in the search for solutions to global problems such as economic crises, environmental degradation, irregular migration, pandemics, international terrorism, organized transnational crime, piracy and drug trafficking. While globalization is often demonized as an essentially destructive force, it indeed entails a number of opportunities. One is the prospect for reviewing and eventually discarding long held stereotypes and misperceptions between social actors (be it global regions, nation states or ethnic groups) through more and accelerated communication, higher levels of information and intensified social exchange that allow for the transmission of ideas, norms and values with a possible effect of challenging the cognitive status quo. Whether this is the case in the relations between Asia and the West is to be explored in the project focusing on Indonesia.

Relying on the methods of process tracing and content analysis, this research project seeks to explore the impact of social interaction of Indonesian International Relations (IR) scholars, who have been exposed to international norms and Western foreign policy ideas through overseas education and direct contact with Western peers. Of particular interest is the extent to which these scholars have contributed to 1) the construction of the images of the West, and 2) the understanding of international relations, such as international cooperation.


  • Nguitragool, Paruedee (2011) Environmental Cooperation in Southeast Asia: ASEAN's Regime for Transboundary Haze Pollution. London and New York: Routledge
  • Nguitragool, Paruedee (2011) 'Negotiating the haze treaty: power, interest, and institutions in the negotiation for the ASEAN agreement for transboundary haze pollution (2002)', Asian Survey 51:2
  • Rüland, Jürgen and Paruedee Nguitragool (2011) 'Does Regime Type Matter? Southeast Asia's New Democracies and the Democratic Peace Hypothesis Revisited' in Marco Bünte and Aurel Croissant (eds.) The Crisis of Democratic Governance in Southeast Asia, Houndsmills/Basingstoke: Palgrave:Macmillan (forthcoming)
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