Thanaporn Tengratanaprasert (Lyn)

Fostering and Sustaining Public Service Improvement through Governance Networks 

Supervisors: Chris Skelcher

Although the development of the Thai administrative system in accordance with the principles of good governance has been successful to some degree over the past seven years, in actuality, there are still constraints that impede full compliance and enforcement in some agencies. As a result, Public Sector Development Commission (PDC) has seen the need to expand its activities and to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences in implementing the principles of good governance in the public sector. Governance network is a new trend of public management and can be defined in various aspects. In this research, I will explore the relationship between good governance and governance networks within the Thai public sector in order to gain a broader understanding of the theoretical aspects of governance networks and investigate the factor enabling and inhibiting the promotion of governance networks to drive forward improvements and to enhance the sustainability of public service quality.


I have been working for the Thai Office of the Public Sector Development Commission (OPDC), attached to The Prime Minister’s Office. I am particularly interested in the area of Thai public sector reform in relation to the creation of new mechanisms in public management and policy. I began work at my current office (OPDC) approximately five years ago. I joined OPDC in order to utilize my experience and knowledge of working with local communities and to help streamline public sector services to the general public. Two years after joining OPDC, I was enrolled on the High Performance and Potential System (HiPPS). This is a fast track system that enables outstanding civil servants to broadcast their knowledge and experiences to meet the public’s needs. Members of HiPPS usually achieve promotion to executive positions within seven years. In addition to this, I have also been sent on training programs to Paris and Strasbourg by Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA). This training highlighted the importance of the global economy and the interconnectivity of not only nations and regions, but also, citizens. My current role has taught me the ability to work as part of a group, as well as conducting research by myself. I have also gained experience in strengthening the link between central/local government and the general public, and have helped to disseminate this information to regional partners such as other ASEAN members.


  • Royal Thai Government Scholar (CSC) 
  • Member of High Performance and Potential System (HiPPS) recruited by Office of the Civil Service Commission (OCSC)

Research interests

  • The relationship between Good Governance and Governance Networks
  • Factors enabling and inhibiting the promotion of Governance Networks within the Thai public sector
  • OPDC’s role in supporting Governance Networks in the Thai public sector
  • Positioning Thai government agencies to develop Governance Networks systems.