Ratanapat Suchat
2011 Master of Multimedia, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
2007 Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication), Chiang Mai University, Thailand

After she graduated with her master’s degree and returned to Thailand in 2013, Ratanapat worked as an Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Communication Technology, University of Phayao, Thailand. She obtained sponsorship from the university to study abroad for a doctoral degree and chose to study at Swinburne again because she appreciated the quality of education offered there as well as the professional and supportive academic staff. She is a current PhD student. Her PhD is by artefact and exegesis, which includes visual narratives related to the nostalgia for Thailand signalled through Thai condiment packaging. Ratanapat examines the nostalgia and sense of Thai-ness associated with Thai condiment packaging labels within Australia’s Thai student community and makes their emotional responses explicit. She investigates the meanings of memory and emotion within Thai condiment packaging to create the illustrations meaningfully. In the final stage of her PhD studies, Ratanapat is planning to develop a graphic novel. Narratives will be constructed and visualised into a creative representation expressing the positive nostalgia associated with Thai students’ life in Australia and their Thai cultural identity. Recently, Ratanapat was the 3rd place winner in the international Visualise Your Thesis 2021 competition. Her key visual communication skills and abilities include digital arts and media, computer 2D animation, traditional animation, and stop-motion. She also has experience in making creative interactive media.