'Battery of Asia ? The rise of regulatory regionalism and transboundary hydropower development in Laos'
On 6 December 2018, Ome Chattranond successfully defended his PhD thesis on ' Battery of Asia ? The rise of regulatory regionalism and transboundary hydropower development in Laos'
He found that emerging marketization of water for energy through so-called ‘regulatory regionalism’ is an essential element of hydropower development in the Lower Mekong Basin, especially in Laos. He argues that the transboundary water governance of hydropower development in the basin seems to be more an aggregation of governance mechanisms, diffused across agencies of national governments, instead of a unified structure of regional institutions.