USER has had a long-term interest in the social, political and livelihood implications of aquaculture development in mainland Southeast Asia.

The AQUADAPT program is concerned with how the aquaculture sector could adapt to IDRCclimate change. It is led by the Unit for Social and Environmental Research (USER) at Chiang Mai University, and has been funded by IDRC, Canada.

In Phase I the empirical focus was on the management of climate risks for Tilapia grown in farm ponds or floating cages in rivers and reservoirs in Northern Thailand. The project ran from July 2012 to December 2016.


In Phase II (AQUADAPT-Mekong) the project aims to assist fish farmers in five Mekong countries better manage climate-related risks, and thus capacities to adapt to climate change, through jointly evaluating and supporting the development or uptake of promising innovations. Phase II runs from November 2017 to October 2020.

Selected Publications

  • Managing the risks from water-related impacts of extreme weather and uncertain climate change on inland aquaculture in Northern Thailand (in Press)
  • Emotions, Attitudes, and Appraisal in the Management of Climate-Related Risks by Fish Farmers in Northern Thailand (Abstract)
  • Impacts, Perceptions and Management of Climate-Related Risks to Cage Aquaculture in the Reservoirs of Northern Thailand (Abstract)
  • Learning About Climate-Related Risks: Decisions of Northern Thailand Fish Farmers in a Role-Playing Simulation Game (Abstract)
  • Knowledge and Innovation Relationships in the Shrimp Industry in Thailand and Mexico (Abstract)
  • Tilapia Diseases and Management in River-Based Cage Aquaculture in Northern Thailand (Abstract)
  • Perceptions of Climate-Related Risks and Awareness of Climate Change of Fish Cage Farmers in Northern Thailand (Abstract)
  • Climate Risk Management in River-Based Tilapia Cage Culture in Northern Thailand (Abstract)
  • Risk of Impacts From Extreme Weather and Climate in River-Based Tilapia Cage Culture in Northern Thailand (Abstract)
  • Effect of Water De-Stratification on Dissolved Oxygen and Ammonia in Tilapia Ponds in Northern Thailand (Abstract)
  • Planning for Production of Freshwater Fish Fry in a Variable Climate in Northern Thailand (Abstract)
  • Risk Reduction or Redistribution? Flood Management in the Mekong Region (Abstract)
  • Risk Reduction or Redistribution? Flood Management in the Mekong Region (Abstract)
  • Industrial Transformation and Shrimp Aquaculture in Thailand and Vietnam: Pathways to Ecological, Social and Economic Sustainability? (Abstract)