Michael Tivayanond was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre between December 2001 and March 2003. He obtained his postgraduate degree in International Politics from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. He has taught International Relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury and has also worked as a consultant for several corporations, governments, and international organisations. His main research interests include preventive diplomacy and security studies. He is currently serving as an official in the Department of International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.