A research area within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Thai Studies has been an integral part of East Asian Studies since 2004. Dr Martin Seeger, who was ordained as a Buddhist monk in the late 1990s and now leads the research in this area received the Royal Decoration of the Fifth Class of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn in 2013, in recognition of his work and efforts in promoting better understanding and appreciation of Thailand and its culture to the people in the UK.
Research strengths lie in the history of Buddhism in Thailand; contemporary movements in Thai Buddhism and their relations to society, politics and the economy; and disputes on Buddhist doctrines in Thailand.
Impact and engagement
Our ‘impact' takes on a variety of forms including working alongside policy-makers, think tanks and grassroots communities; staging performances, exhibitions, podcasts, public lectures and seminars through the Thai Forum; working closely with the media and producing documentary films. These activities not only help us to embed our work more widely into public life but also enrich our work further by enabling us to recognise and respond to the wider public’s views.
Language at Leeds
Language at Leeds brings together professionals within the University involved in the study of language, connecting individuals and groups to support research across various disciplines. The central tenet of the centre is an interdisciplinary approach to addressing and understanding issues relating to language, linguistics and communication.