Asst. Prof. Dr.Natapol Thongplew
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Asst. Prof. Dr.Natapol Thongplew
Department : ภาควิชาวิทยาศาสตร์ชีวภาพ
Room : SC314
Phone : 4487
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Ph.D. in Environmental  Management (2015), Wageningen University, The Netherlands

M.Sc. in Environmental Science (2006), University of Colorado, The United States of America

B.Sc. in Health Science (2003), Thammasat University, Thailand

Research interest

Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sustainability Science, Circular Economy (CE), Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Footprint, Green University, Waste Management, Climate Change Policy, Energy Policy, and Environmental Policy and Management

Award and honour
  • Area-based researcher award, Faculty of Science, Ubon Ratchathani University, 2022

  • Young researcher award, Faculty of Science, Ubon Ratchathani University, 2021

  • Winner on P3 (People Prosperity Planet) Competition organized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the National Academy of Engineering (USNAE) in Washington D.C., United States of America, March 2005

Research grant
  • Research grant in 2023 from the National Research Council Thailand (NRCT) on the project “Analyzing status and developing policy recommendations for achieving SDG 13” (Principal investigator)

  • Research grant in 2023 from the Belmont Forum and the Program Management Unit for Human Resource and Institutional Development, Research and Innovation (PMU-B) on the project “Co-Creating Sustainable Transformations of Food Supply Chains through Cooperative Business Models and Governance” (Researcher)

  • Research grant in 2023 from the Program Management Unit for Competitiveness Enhancement (PMU-C) on the project “Development of High-Efficiency Reefer Container for Circular Economy-based Cold Chain Logistics of Agricultural Products” (Researcher)

  • Research grant in 2021 from the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) on the project “Alternatives to reduce greenhouse gas and water usage for achieving green university: cases of Silpakorn University Sanamchandra Palace Campus and Ubon Ratchathani University” (Co-Principal investigator)

  • Research grant in 2021 from the National Research Council of Thailand (NRC) on the project “A study on model and system for appropriate waste management of municipalities with respect to their size and context: Lower Northeastern Region of Thailand” (Resercher)

  • Research grant in 2020 from the Program Management Unit for Area-based Development (PMU-A) on the project “Cooperation mechanism for food safety ecosystem business modelling and regional strategic planning”  (Researcher)

  • Research grant in 2019 from the Program Management Unit for Area-based Development (PMU-A) on the project “Incubating green businesses through the conversion of waste from the food system into bio-based products in Ubon Ratchathani Province” (Principal investigator)

  • Research grant in 2018 from the Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) and Ubon Ratchathani University (UBU) on the project “The development of waste disposal systems for safe markets in Ubon Ratchathani Province” (Researcher)

  • Full scholarship in 2017 from the IATSS Forum and the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion for IATSS Forum International Leadership Training Program in Japan from May-July 2017

  • Full scholarship in 2009 from the Royal Thai Government for Ph.D. study in environmental management

Working experience
  • 2020 – Present: Assistant Professor at Faculty of Science, Ubon Ratchathani University 

  • 2015 – 2020: Lecturer at Faculty of Science, Ubon Ratchathani University 

  • 2010 - 2013: Independent Researcher at Thailand Environment Institute (TEI), Nonthaburi, Thailand 

  • 2009 - 2010: Senior Research Associate at Thailand Environment Institute (TEI), Nonthaburi, Thailand

  • 2007 - 2009: Research Associate at Thailand Environment Institute (TEI), Nonthaburi, Thailand

  1. Thongplew, N., Onwong, J., Ransikarbum, K., & Kotlakome, R. (2023). Mainstreaming local organic foods: organic food provision in a fresh market to promote organic production-consumption system in emerging economy. Environment, Development and Sustainability. (SCOPUS Q1).

  2. Thongplew, N., Onwong, J., Kotlakome, R., & Suttipanta, N. (2022). Approaching Circular Economy in an Emerging Economy: A Solid Waste Reutilization Initiative in a Small Fresh Market in Thailand. Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy18(1), 665-678. (SCOPUS Q1)

  3. Thongplew, N., Kotlakome, R., & Suttipanta, N. (2022). Addressing Waste Management in Fresh Markets in Thailand: A Triad-Network Model for Improving Waste Systems. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, 13(1), 1-16. (SCOPUS Q2)

  4. Kantamaturapoj, K., McGreevy, S. R., Thongplew, N., Akitsu, M., Vervoort, J., Mangnus, A., Ota, K., Rupprecht, C. D. D., Tamura, N., Spiegelberg, M., Kobayashi, M., Pongkijvorasin, S., & Wibulpolprasert, S. (2022). Constructing practice-oriented futures for sustainable urban food policy in Bangkok. Futures, 139, 102949. (SCOPUS Q1)

  5. Thongplew, N., Duangput, N., & Khodkham, S. (2021). Addressing plate waste and consumption practice at university canteens: realizing green university through citizen-consumers. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. 22(7), 1691-1706. (SCOPUS Q1)

  6. Thongplew, N., Pooyphay, S., & Sriburee, J. (2020). Assessing and analysing the socio-ethical impacts of plate waste: a case of university canteens in Thailand. International Journal of Sustainable Society.12(4), 309-325. (SCOPUS Q3)

  7. Kotlakome, R., Suttipanta, S., & Thongplew, N. (2020). Enhancing efficiency of grease traps through biological technology for improving wastewater treatment of fresh markets in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. Srinakharinwirot Science Journal. 36(2), 42-54.

  8. Thongplew, N., & Kotlakome, R. (2019). Getting a drink: an experiment for enabling a sustainable practice in Thai university settings. Journal of Cleaner Production, 218, 294-303. (SCOPUS Q1)

  9. Kantamaturapoj, K., Thongplew, N., & Wibulpolprasert, S. (2019). Facilitating Political Consumerism in an Emerging Economy: The Case of Political Consumerism in Thailand. In M. Boström, M. Micheletti, and P. Oosterveer (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism. New York, Oxford University Press.

  10. Thongplew, N., Spaargaren, G., & Van Koppen, C. S. A. (2017). Companies in search of the green consumer: Sustainable consumption and production strategies of companies and intermediary organizations in Thailand. NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, 83, 12-21. (SCOPUS Q1)

  11. Thongplew, N., van Koppen, C. K., & Spaargaren, G. (2015). Transformation of the dairy industry toward sustainability: The case of the organic dairy industries in the Netherlands and Thailand. Environmental Development, 17, 6-22. (SCOPUS Q1)

  12. Thongplew, N., van Koppen, C. K., & Spaargaren, G. (2014). Companies contributing to the greening of consumption: findings from the dairy and appliance industries in Thailand. Journal of Cleaner Production, 75, 96-105. (SCOPUS Q1)

  13. Thongplew, N., Spaargaren, G., & Van Koppen, C. S. A. (2014). Greening consumption at the retail outlet: the case of the Thai appliance industry. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 21(2), 99-110. (SCOPUS Q2)

  14. Chotichanathawewong, Q., & Thongplew, N. (2012). Development trajectories, emission profile, and policy actions: Thailand. ADBI Working Paper 352. Tokyo: Asian Development Bank Institute.

  • IATSS Forum Program on Leadership, organized by the IATSS Forum Program Committee, May 20 - July 8, 2017 in Suzuka, Japan

  • OrangeASEAN Factory on Sustainable Food, organized by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Thailand, June 20 - July 8, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand

  • Sustainable Consumption, organized by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Autumn 2010, Trondheim, Norway.

  • Training-of-Trainers (ToT) Workshop No. 1, GTZ-Tchibo PPP Project: Worldwide Enhancement of Social Quality, organized by Tchibo and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), July 25-29, 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand

  • Conducting Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) by SimaPro Program, organized by the National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), June 4-6, 2008 in Pathumthani, Thailand

  • Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) Training under National Communications Support Programme (NCSP), organized by the Untied Nation Development Programme (UNDP), July 23-27, 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand