Ruji Auethavornpipat

PhD candidate


BA (Hons), MA (University of Victoria, Canada)

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Ruji Auethavornpipat is a PhD Candidate in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University. His doctoral study examines the contestation of migrant worker rights norms in Southeast Asia. In particular, it investigates the divergence of normative meaning and application in migrant worker protection. In doing so, his PhD contributes to the emerging critical constructivist scholarship in IR. His research interests also include human trafficking and migration governance.

At the height of migrant trafficking politicisation in Southeast Asia, Ruji took up the Asia Studies Fellowship at the East-West Center in Washington, DC in 2017 where he conducted research on ASEAN-US cooperation on human trafficking. This research was also supported by the Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the UK’s (ASEASUK) Research and Impact Awards.

Ruji previously held visiting fellowships at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences, Germany; ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore; and Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indonesia.

Ruji holds both MA and BA (Honours) degrees from the University of Victoria, Canada.

Ruji submitted his thesis in May 2019.

Thesis topic

Migrant Worker Rights and Norm Contestation in Southeast Asia: Establishing Meaning-in-Use through Social Interaction


November 2017 - “2017: Southeast Asia’s Year in Review,” New Naratif (interview), available at

October 2017 - “ASEAN’s Anti-Trafficking Weapon Has Teeth, But Jury Out on Effectivity,” Reporting ASEAN (interview), available at…

Image: ILO/Sai Min Zaw

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