Understanding Innovation Policymakers in Thailand
Innovation policymakers today control huge budgets and are tasked with tackling challenges as important as the climate crisis and supporting the response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Having a deep understanding of their world is essential if governments are to support policymakers effectively in executing their role.
Through the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator programme, we seek to have a deep understanding of the world of innovation policymakers, their context, needs, challenges, and activities, so that we can help them develop innovation policies that match society’s ambitions.
We’ve been working with policymakers across Latin America, India, South East Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Kenya, Jordan, Turkey and South Africa. Through our work, we’ve learned a lot about the innovation policy systems in these countries and we’ll be publishing country reports about all of them. Read our previous reports on India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.
In these reports we highlight what we’ve learned about the challenges and priorities of innovation policymakers working in these systems.
Here, we provide a summary of a more detailed report on Thailand that you can also download in full as a pdf (above). It is the culmination of many conversations and interviews with different innovation policymakers in the Thai innovation system, across a number of government departments.
This article has quotes from those conversations that we have kept anonymous. We'd like to thank everyone who contributed to the insights that follow. Note that the original review and research was undertaken in 2018, and many facts and figures date from that point. We consider the main findings to still be relevant in understanding and interpreting the Thai science, technology and innovation system.