Thanapornsangsuth, Sawaros

JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Sawaros Thanapornsangsuth
    Jingumae 5-53-70, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
    +81 3 5467 1212

    Research Interests

    • Education and e-learning
    • Education for sustainable development
    • Information and Communication Technologies for Development
    • innovation and new technology


    • PhD in Education in Instructional Technology & Media (Columbia University, USA)
    • MA in Computing in Education (Columbia University, USA)
    • BA in English with Entrepreneurship minor (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)

    Biographical Statement

    Dr Thanapornsangsuth’s research interests explore how education can be a foundational tool for sustainable development. Her goal is to study and promote a lifelong and innovative learning process that enables people to develop the knowledge, values, and skills—individually and collectively, locally and globally—that will improve their quality of life now without damaging the planet. Driven by this goal, Dr Thanapornsangsuth has extensive fieldwork experience in informal learning settings, both in the United States and abroad. Born and raised in Thailand, she has worked with multiple schools from low-income Thai communities to engage students and teachers in community-driven project-based learning experiences. Her previous work addressed equity issues in several educational areas, including environment, STEM, and computational literacy. In addition, she led various high-impact international education technology projects granted by UNESCO, Office of the Education Council (Thailand), and National Science Foundation (USA).

    Before joining the UNU-IAS, Dr Sawaros (Sam) Thanapornsangsuth was a tenure-track lecturer at the Department of Education Policy, Management and Leadership, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. She graduated with a Doctor of Education degree from the Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design Program at Columbia University (USA).

  • Articles

    • Thanapornsangsuth, S., & Holbert, N. 2020. “Culturally relevant constructionist design: Exploring the role of community in Identity Development.” Information and Learning Sciences 121(11/12): 847–867.

    Conference Publications

    • Holbert, N., & Thanapornsangsuth, S. 2018. “Expanding the maker movement by recentering “building for others” in construction activities.” In Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count, 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), ed. Kay, J., & Luckin, R., 488–495. London, UK: International Society of the Learning Sciences.

    Conference Proceedings

    • Thanapornsangsuth, S. 2016. “Using Human-centered design and social inventions to find the purposes in making.” In Proceedings of the 6th Annual Conference on Creativity and Fabrication in Education, 17-25.