Asst. Prof. Dr. Witchayanee Ocha

Asst. Prof. Dr. Witchayanee Ocha


Witchayanee is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, Rangsit University, where she teaches International Development, Human Rights and Transnational Social Issues, and Human Rights and Development. In 2018, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna, Austria which was funded by The Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy through The Ernst Mach Grant. The research is aim to lift up the treatment standard of women’s prisoners in Thailand compared to Austria. Her research aims to recognize gender-specific health-care needs in prison and improve the conditions of women’s health in prison in Thailand to reach international standard namely UN Bangkok rules. In 2017, she was awarded as “The Most Outstanding Lecturer in Research” by Rangsit University.

Witchayanee is a member of The Association of Researchers of Thailand and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), Austria in support of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) towards the involvement of the next generation in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Witchayanee joined “Space for Women” working group with a special focus on the empowerment of women in developing countries, in particular by strengthening the possibility of their participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and attended the UNISPACE+50 which is the 1st United Nations Global Space Summit of the 21st Century at the United Nations, Vienna, Austria in 2018. In 2017, she was funded by the UN Women and UNOOSA to present her research paper at “UN Expert Meeting: Space For Women” at the United Nations, New York, U.S.A.

Witchayanee holds Ph.D. in Gender and Development Studies from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in 2012. In 2010, she was awarded as an Asian Graduate Student Fellow at Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. In 2009, she worked as a consultant at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Regional Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR), in which she previously received a 6 month internship programme. During her PhD programme, she had the opportunity to partake in Student Exchange programmes as a student at Center for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, the University of Leeds, England, 2005, funded by European Union (E.U.), and at Institute of Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University, Japan 2007, funded by the Japanese government. The aim of the participation in the programmes were to further enhance the knowledge of her research in both Western and Eastern contexts in order to augment her PhD thesis. In 2009, she was awarded the scholarship by Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) to present her Ph.D. research paper at the Workshop entitled “Re-visiting, Re-thinking Gender in Development” at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.


PhD in Gender and Development Studies, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

MBA in General Management (International Program), Asian University, Thailand

BEng in Industrial Engineering (International Program), Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), Thammasat University, Thailand

Dip. International Business/International Cross Cultural Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Dip. Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Leeds, UK

Dip. Institute of Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University, Japan



Anomat Ali, Jecinta., and  Ocha, Witchayanee. (2018). East Africa Refugee Crisis: Causes of Tensions and Conflicts between the Local Community and Refugees in Kakuma Camp, Kenya. Journal of Social Science Studies. 5 (1). 1-20.

Lekkla, Panitee., and Ocha, Witchayanee. (2017). Educational Cooperation between Royal Thai Armed Forces and The United States, National Defense Studies, National Institute Journal.6 (3). 48-64.

Manowong, Ektewan. and Ocha, Witchayanee. (2017). Defence Diplomacy and ASEAN Community Integration: Opportunities and Challenges. Association of Private Higher Education Institution of Thailand under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (APHEIT) Journal. 6 (1). 5-14.

Manowong, Ektewan. , Sukontasap, Damp., and Ocha, Witchayanee. (2017). Investigating the Contributions of Thailand’s Defence Diplomacy for ASEAN Community Integration, Rangsit Journal of Social Science and Humanities, 4 (1). Jan-June 17-33.

Songmuang, Teerarat.,and Ocha, Witchayanee. (2016). ASEAN Connectivity: What could high speed rail bring to Thailand? Association of Private Higher Education Institution of Thailand Association of Private Higher Education Institution of Thailand (APHEIT) Journal. 5 (2). 28-39.

Kumari, Imbulagodage Don Indra., and Ocha, Witchayanee. (2016). Effect of ASEAN on SAARC: The Perspective of trade. Rangsit University Interatinal Journal of College of Government. 3 (1). 47-54.

Ocha, Witchayanee. (2013). Re-thinking Gender: Negotiating Future Queer Rights in Thailand, Gender, Technology and Development, SAGE Publication, March. 7 (17). 79-104.

Ocha, Witchayanee., Barbara, Earth. (2013). Identity Diversification Among Transgender Sex Workers in Thailand’s Sex Tourism Industry, SEXUALITIES: The Study of Society and Culture, SAGE Publication, January/February, 16 (1-2). 195-216 [Impact Factor: 0.673].

Ocha, Witchayanee. (2012). Transsexual Emergence: Gender Variant Identities in Thailand, Culture, Health and Sexuality, An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, Taylor & Francis, Routledge. 14 (5). 563-575 [Impact Factor: 1.494].

Book Chapters

Ocha, Witchayanee. (2015). Queering Thailand: On the Emergence of New Gender and Sexual Identities. In The Global Trajectories of Queerness: Re-thinking Same-Sex Politics in the GlobalSouth, Chapter 15 pp, pp.145-160, edited by Tellis Ashley and Sruti Bala.In the series of Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race with Rodopi, Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies and Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis, Amsterdam.

Ocha, Witchayanee. (2014). Not Yet Queer Enough: Revising ‘Gender’ in Development. In Contemporary socio-cultural and political perspectives in Thailand, Chapter 25. pp. 393-408. edited by Liamputtong, Pranee. Springer Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Ocha, Witchayanee (2012). Indigenous Roots of FEMINISM: Culture, Subjectivity and Agency’ by Jasbir Jain (Book Review), Gender, Technology and Development, SAGE Publication. Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 369-382.

Ocha, Witchayanee. (2011). Thai Transsexual’s Experiences with Discrimination in Employment: Migration and Commercial Sex in Thailand and The Netherlands. In ‘Human Rights in Southeast Asia’ Academic Book: Series 1 ‘Braking the Silence‘, pp. 227-240, Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN), Bangkok.


IPE235 International Development

IPE242 Urban and Rural Development

IPE333 Development and Human Rights

IPE344 Special Topics in International Development

IPE431 Organization Development

IDS604 International Law and International Organizations

IDS645 Human Rights and Transnational Social Issues