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Ample space is needed to describe the eclectic roles of Decharut Sukkamnoed, a lecturer on economics at Kasetsart University. The man has many hats and wears them becomingly. He's an expert on renewable energy and public policy, an activist, a published writer and a do-it-yourself dad who has turned his home into a laboratory for his family's project on energy consumption and self-sufficient lifestyles. This, consequently, is the subject of his latest book, Ban Nee DIY (DIY House), co-written with his wife Roongthip and winner of this year's Luk Lok Si Keow (Green Globe Award) literary prize. 

Decharut has become a regular on Thai PBS, where he has been invited several times to comment on the recent political crisis. His non-partisan views attract mixed reactions. The soft-spoken lecturer is sceptical, but always constructive. Decharut has faith in the parliamentary system, constitution and the election as a sustainable way to end "Thaksinomics". Decharut supports the idea of a People's Parliament, albeit not the version proposed by the People's Democratic Reform Committee. It is impossible to pigeonhole him into a certain political camp or ideology. Decharut took time from his busy schedule to chat with Life about his reading list.

_ Anchalee Kongrut

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