Kulacha Sirikhan is a Ph.D. Candidate of urban planning at The University of Tokyo, under a collaboration course conducted by the Department of Urban Engineering and The Graduate Program for Social ICT Global Creative Leaders. She holds a Master of Urban Engineering from The University of Tokyo and Bachelor of Urban Architecture from Chulalongkorn University. Her on-going doctoral research topic is "The Creation Of Creative Cluster on Emerging Economies, Case Study In Bangkok, Thailand". This study focuses on the formation of creative industries in a critical transition context in developing countries from a heavy manufacturing orientation to creative economies orientation. This study aims to clarify the creation of a creative cluster of “Creative Industries Ecosystem” and its impact on generating city attractiveness.
She was a visiting researcher at the Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS from October 2018 to March 2019. Her research was on "Institutional building in the decentralized territorial policies approach on clustering of creative industries: The Cases of Île-de-France and Tokyo Metropolitan Area". In order to understand the functioning of governance institutions in the process of implementing cluster competitiveness, this study focused on the cases of “Territoire de la culture et de la creation” of Plaine Commune in Île-de-France and “Creative city Yokohama” in Tokyo Metropolitan Area. These two case studies are best practice examples in clustering creative industries in Western and Eastern global cities.
As the 2020 FFJ/Valeo Fellow, she will conduct her research on "Emerging vehicle technologies toward sustainable urban mobility framework in developing megacities: A case study in Southeast Asia cities". Emerging vehicle technologies include autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, and ride-sharing services. This research focuses on the role of governance and challenges in the policy implementation on emerging vehicle technologies in Southeast Asia megacities, particularly in the capital cities, which have a rapid motorization growth and a huge number of shared mobility industry. In the transition from a conventional fuel car orientation to an emerging vehicle technologies orientation, new technologies will bring a radical change in urban mobility and urban transformation. The study areas will include Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, and Ho Chi Minh City.