Kanokwan Manorom is the Director of Mekong Sub-Region Social Research Center (MSSRC), based at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University. She earned her Ph.D in Rural Sociology from University of Missouri-Columbia, USA. Since graduation in 1997, she has been working in the Thailand and Mekong region in fields such as water and land government, impact assessment, and agrarian change. Much of her work has involved with policy recommendations on dam and irrigation management in Thailand and the Mekong region. She has been working with a recognition research network, M-POWER (Mekong Program on Water, Resilience and Environment Research) for 8 years as Steering Committee
The rising demand for electricity is often touted as a reason for building dams. But the proponents of dams conveniently overlook the impact on those living on the river banks and the destruction of ecosystems.