Patcharawee has been working as Head of Arts and Creative Industries for the British Council in Thailand since 2014. Prior to joining the British Council, she worked at the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation – Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO-SPAFA) as Specialist in Cultural Heritage Management, where she managed regional programmes on heritage conservation and management as well as on Southeast Asian arts and archaeology.
At the British Council, the recent focus of her work is on the development of crafts and creative hubs in Thailand through collaboration and cultural exchanges with the UK. The Crafting Futures programme in Thailand successfully supported more than 5,000 community members and artisans across Thailand, including women artisans in the Deep South and Tai Lue artisans in Nan. She has worked with Applied Arts Scotland to develop the Digital Craft Toolkit, an online course on craft business development giving free access to knowledge to artisans, entrepreneurs and students, which is now rolled out in 12 countries including India, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and used as a part of university-level curriculum in Scotland and Malaysia. On Creative Hubs, she works to promote social innovation and collaboration for social impacts through creative networks and creative hubs across Thailand. More recently, she has launched and co-developed a number of research projects for the British Council, including Creative Ageing in Thailand, Disability Arts in Thailand, Social Impacts of Thai Creative Hubs, and Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth in Southeast Asia.
Patcharawee graduated with an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from SOAS, University of London and a PhD in Historic Archaeology from Silpakorn University, Thailand.