Miss Arisarawan Tanasinsiri

MA, Heidelberg University

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Arisarawan obtained her MA in Political Science and Chinese Studies from Heidelberg University, Germany. Her previous research area focused on police reform, civil-miliary relations, defence policy and nation-building. 

After graduating from Germany in 2012, she bagan working as a policy and plan analyst at the National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand. She had engaged in several bilateral and multilateral FTA negotiations with European Union, Australia and ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand, with a particular focus on trade and market access for agricultural products, food safety, sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS). 

In 2017 she received New Zealand Asean Scholarship to pursue her PhD in Development Studies at University of Auckland.

Research | Current

Provisional doctoral thesis title: Balanced Trade-Offs? An Analysis of the Impacts of New Zealand’s Dairy Trade Policies on Thailand and Sri Lanka 

Supervision: Professor Andreas Neef and Dr. Jesse Grayman

Her PhD research focuses on New Zealand's foreign trade and development policies and its engagement in the dairy sector in Thailand and Sri Lanka. The research will investigate the gaps in policy discourse and practices and the effects on Thailand's and Sri Lanka's rural development. 


  • Recipient of New Zealand Scholar Awards (2017 - 2021)
  • Former recipient of Royal Thai Government Scholarship (2002 - 2012)

Areas of expertise

Bilateral trade negotiation

Agriculural policy

Food safety and SPS measures

Edible insects as a livelihood strategy

Security sector reform

Contact details

Primary office location

HSB - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 7, Room 702
New Zealand