Nasatorn Witayarat

Research title

Cultural Identity and International Thai PhD Students' Psychological Adaptation and Academic Acculturation in the UK

Research summary

This research aims to investigate the perception of cultural identity of international Thai PhD students living and studying in the UK. I explore how their cultural identity influences their attitudes towards their adaptation, particularly their learning adaptation, including aspects of social and learning isolation.

This research is likely to be beneficial primarily to Thai students who aspire to pursue postgraduate studies in the UK. It can give valuable insight to British Higher Education universities as they lend institutional support towards enhancing international Thai students’ overall educational experience (e.g. academic proficiency, social adaptation) to promote studying and living more successfully in a foreign context.

A creative research method, i.e. photo elicitation technique will be employed, where participants will be asked to choose photos to get participants’ in-depth and triangulated perspectives. 


Thammasat University, Thailand

Additional information

I received my Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Edinburgh. My research interests include academic acculturation, cultural identity and intercultural conflict management.

After finishing my PhD, I will be teaching university students in Thammasart University and will be responsible for supervising research students. I chose to research on cross-cultural studies because of my interest and the lack of university lecturers who specialise in this area at the Department of English, Thammasat University.

I chose to do a PhD at the University of Glasgow as our head of the department in Thammasat University advised me to contact Dr Elliot, who visited the Department in 2015. My research interests are very close to Dr Elliot’s research area.