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From Mekong Commons to Mekong Community
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Transboundary Challenges

Edited By

Seiichi Igarashi

ISBN 9780367528744
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
260 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Considering the Mekong region as an aggregation of various commons, the contributors to this volume investigate the various commons across the boundaries of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

The book incorporates the specialized fields of political science, area studies, public policy, international relations, international development, geography, economics, business administration, public health, engineering, agricultural economics, tropical agriculture, and biotechnology. The contributions to the book cover various issues including innovation and technology, transport and logistics, public health and literacy, traditional medicine, infectious diseases, advanced agricultural technologies, irrigation, water resources, labor migration, human trafficking, and counterfeiting. They examine various commons and goods related to these issues, and discuss practices, policies, decision-making processes and governance strategies for imagining a future Mekong Community that will avoid the tragedy, and explore the comedy of the commons/anti-commons.

A valuable resource for scholars of the Mekong region, and more broadly for academics working on the interdisciplinary study of transboundary governance issues.

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Mekong Commons to Mekong Community—Toward a Synergetic Study Seiichi Igarashi 1. Innovation and Technological Connectivity in the Mekong Region Sudam Pawar 2. Public Health and Health Literacy in the Mekong Region Chanuantong Tanasugarn 3. Traditional Medicine in the Mekong Region Nara Oda 4. The Impact of Road Development on HIV/AIDS Transmission in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region Liwa Pardthaisong 5. Green Freight and Logistics in the Mekong Region Sa-nga Sattanun 6. Advanced Agricultural Technologies and Innovations in the Mekong Region: DNA Markers, Plant Tissue Culture, Hydroponics, and Plant Factories Chalermpol Kirdmanee and Michiko Takagaki 7. Dissemination of a Water-Saving Irrigation Technique for Sustainable Rice Farming in the Mekong River Basin Takayoshi Yamaguchi and Luu Minh Tuan 8. Regional Cooperation on Water Resources in the Mekong Region: A Perspective from the Mekong River Commission Masashi Yokota 9. Labor Migration and Civil Society in the Mekong Region Seiichi Igarashi and Hari Prasad Ghimire 10. Anti-Human Trafficking Measures for Human Security in the Mekong Region Yuko Shimazaki 11. Counterfeiting in the Mekong Region: A General Equilibrium, Product Variety Analysis on Primary Markets Toshihiro Atsumi Conclusion: From Mekong Commons to Mekong Community Seiichi Igarashi

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Seiichi Igarashi is a professor at Chiba University’s Graduate School of Social Sciences. He graduated from Keio University, Faculty of Letters, Japan, in 1994. He earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Waseda University, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Japan. In 2002, he was a research associate at Waseda University’s School of Social Sciences; subsequently, he became a post-doctoral research fellow at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2005, an assistant professor at Waseda University’s Faculty of Social Sciences in 2008, a researcher for the Global Centers of Excellence (COE) program at Kyoto University in 2010, and a lecturer at Chiba University’s Faculty of Law and Economics, also in 2010. In 2014, he obtained an associate professorship at Chiba University’s Faculty of Law, Politics, and Economics. He specializes in international relations and Asian studies. His recent research focuses on civil society in regionalism, and he is undertaking a study in the Mekong region.