Dr Van Kien Nguyen

PhD in Sociology (ANU)/Master in Environmental Management & Development (ANU)/BSc in Land Management (CTU)
Honorary Senior Lecturer
College of Science
T: +61 466 999 042

Areas of expertise

  • Environmental Science And Management 0502
  • Agriculture, Land And Farm Management 0701
  • Sociology 1608

Research interests

Sociology, Agroecology, Organic Agriculture

Biography

Dr. Kien Van Nguyen is honorary senior lecturer and the former research fellow in social, environmental agroecology at Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Australian National University (ANU). Kien has promoted sustainable agriculture and agrobiodiversity using the agroecology framework in recovering the floating rice based agroecological farming systems in the Mekong Region and Myanmar. He was the postdoctoral research fellow at the Fenner School from 2014 to 2016, under the Luc Hoffmann Research Institute (LHI). Kien involved in the Mekong research team at ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society (FSES) to study “navigating the Mekong nexus of water, food and energy. Under this fellowship he investigated the impacts of dikes and rice intensification on food supplies and livelihoods of rural communities in the Mekong delta. Kien graduated PhD in Sociology at the ANU in 2012 under the Australian Leadership Award (ALA) from the Australian government. His thesis was on ‘Social Capital, Livelihood Diversification, and Households’ Resilience to Floods in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta. 

Kien has developed a research link between the North and South. In particular, he developed a strong research network with universities in the USA, the UK, Australia, European countries, and Southeast Asian countries with his home research institution, Research Center for Rural Development in An Giang University, Vietnam and his current affiliation, the ANU Fenner School of Environment & Society.

Kien has strong social research skills, using mix methods to study social, environmental and rural sociology. Kien has taught social research methods for undergraduate and rural development and master students of agriculture and environmental management at An Giang University, Vietnam.

Kien has successfully mentored four PhD students, two from Purdue University (the USA), one from ANU (the Australian National University) and four master students and 03 undergraduate students from Vietnam. 

Kien has led and co-led 34 international research projects as a role of principal and co-investigator over the past 10 years. His research focuses on agroecology and food secuirty in the Mekong Region.

He developed Mekong Organics PTY LTD to translate science into policy to promote sustainalbe agriculture-nutrition-health in the Mekong Region. 

 

Researcher's projects

  1. Scaling up a traditional rice-shrimp based agroecological farming system in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, funded by Rufford Foundation, GBP 6000, Principal Investigator, 2020-21.
  2. Exploring gendered knowledge and inclusiveness in community resilience for flooding disaster. Case studies in Can Tho City (Vietnam) and Cebu City (Philippines), USD45,000, 2019-2021, co-investigator.
  3. Mekong Youth and Sustainable Farming in Mekong Sub-Region, funded by SEARCA, USD15,000, 2020-2021, co-investigator.
  4. Social perceptions of the organics industry in Vietnam, funded by SEARCA (Southeast Asian Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture), USD 15,000., Principal Investigator
  5. A principal investigator a development project entitles “Developing partnerships between Australia and Vietnam for organic agriculture movement: training and workshop in two countries”, funded by Australian Embassy in Hanoi (Aus4Skills Small Grants Fund Round 2 – 2018).
  6. A co-investigator for a five-year (2019-2024) research project entitled “Living Deltas”, led by University of Newcastle, the UK, funded by Global Research Challenge Fund (GCRF), the UK. A project values at GBP£15 million. I am the co-lead for WP1, and co-PI for two of six Working Packages (WP) including (1) WP1: Heritage, Livelihoods and Delta Living: pasts, presents and alternative futures, (2) WP2: Delta SES characterization and risk assessment, and (3) WP6: Creating sustainable development capacity and delivering impact.
  7. A co-investigator for the project entitles “Promoting floating rice-based agro-ecological farming systems for a healthy society and adaptation to climate changes in the Lower Mekong Region and Myanmar”, funded by Mitsui’s Environmental Fund (2017-2019). PI is a/Prof Jamie Pittock at Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Australian National University, AUD320,000, on-going.
  8. A principal investigator for a long-term project entitled “Toward non-toxic environment in Southeast Asia from 2008 to 2018”, funded by Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PAN AP), USD$13,000 annually, on-going.
  9. A principal investigator for a project entitled “Conservation of the floating rice –based agro-ecological farming systems in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam”, funded by AliSEA (2017), USD$ 10,000, completed in 2018.
  10. A co-investigator for a research project entitled “REMTACH: Building REsilience to Multi-source Flooding in Southeast/South Asia through a Technology-informed Community-based approacH, funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council  (NERC)  under the  Global Challenge Research Fund-Building Resilience Research Programme” (Grant Ref: NE/P015476/1), from Nov 2016 to September 2017, GBP£167,389. Completed in 2017.
  11. A co-principal investigator for a project entitled “Scoping floating rice-based agro-ecological farming systems for a healthy society and adaptation to climate changes in the Lower Mekong Region and Myanmar”, funded by Mitsui’s Environmental Fund in 2015. PI is a/Prof Jamie Pittock from Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Australian National University, AUD33,000.
  12. A project coordinator for the EU-Project entitled “strEngthening National researcH And iNnovation Capacities in viEtnam” http://www.project-enhance.eu/. This project is led by Universidad de Alicante partnered with six universities in Vietnam. In this project, I participated in several stages including (1) design research project for An Giang University, (2) managing research grants at AGU, and (3) coordinating research and training activities. Completed in 2018.
  13. A post-doctoral fellow of the Navigating the Mekong: water, food and energy. I led the sub-project on impacts of rice intensification on food supplies, water and energy use in the Mekong Delta. Supervised the Irrigation project in Cambodia funded by LHI, chaired by Jamie Pittock.  Completed in December 2016
  14. A principal investigator for the research project entitles “long-term biophysical and socio-economic monitoring of the floating rice based and intensive rice farming in the Mekong Delta, funded by Rufford Foundation, valued at GBP£5,000, from September 2015 to August 2016. Completed in 2016. http://www.rufford.org/projects/van_kien_nguyen
  15. A principal investigator for the research project entitled “Risk perception, attitudes and behaviours of rice farmers in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, funded by RCRD’s annual budget (USD$1,500). Completed in 2016.
  16. A co-principal investigator for a research project entitles “floodplain governance for future livelihoods in the Mekong Delta”, funded by LMPPI (Lower Mekong Public Policy Initiatives under USAID and Fulbright Program), co-investigator with Mekong Development Research Institute of Can Tho University, from March 2015 to September 2016, valued at USD$130,000. In this project we test the several farming practices and fishery recovery based on the floating rice farming systems in An Giang and Don Thap provinces, Mekong Delta. Completed in 2017.
  17. A co-principal investigator for a research project entitles “Recovering and valuing wetland agro-ecological systems and local knowledge for water security and community resilience in the Mekong region” funded by SUMERNET (Sustainable Mekong Research Network, under the support of SIDA, Sweden); co-investigators with Dr. Carl Middleton, Lecturer, Master of Arts in International Development Studies (MAIDS) and Deputy Director for International Research, Center for Social Development Studies. Under this research project, we are developing linking market for floating rice farmers and facilitating inland fishery recovery in An Giang and Dong Thap province using participatory action research, USD$80,000. Completed in 2017.
  18. A member of Steering Committee for a three-year project entitles “solid waste management in Long Xuyen City, funded by Swedish International Center for Local Democracy (ICLD), project reference number: 2014-0067, completed.
  19. A principal investigator for a three-year project entitles “water governance of minority communities in the Mekong Delta, from Sep 2014 to Sep 2017, funded by PEER Science Cycle 3, valued at USD 130,000; Principal Investigator. Research is in progress. http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/PEER/PEERscience/PGA_152053
  20. A principal investigator for a research and development project entitled “enhancing resilience of the community through climate change adaptation: Research and training activities for preservation and development of floating rice-vegetables farming system in Vinh Phuoc commune, Tri Ton district, An Giang province, Mekong Delta, Vietnam, funded by SFRT from SEARCA (Southeast Asian Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture), from 01 January 2014 to 30 December 2014; USD$13,000. Completed in 2015.
  21. A principal investigator for a project entitled “job law evaluation: a case study of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam”, from January 2014 to August 2014; USD$20,000, funded by Paraff (Public Participation and Accountability Facilitation Fund). Completed in 2014.
  22. A principal investigator for a a series of the research project entitled “preservation and development of the floating rice-vegetables farming systems in Vinh Phuoc commune, Tri Ton district, An Giang province, Mekong River Delta, Vietnam from 2013 to 2016; USD$45,000, funded by An Giang Department of Finance. Completed.
  23. A co-investigator for a research project entitled “Climate change adaptation: engaging local community into decision making processes”, funded by AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development), a value of AUD 125,000, (from June to December 2010), co-principal investigator, completed.
  24. A principal investigator (a M-Power fellowship) for a research project entitled “water governance, farming systems and adaptation to related climate change in “dike compartments”: a case study in An Giang province, Mekong Delta, Vietnam from 2011 to 2012; USD$10,000. Completed.
  25. A recipient of an Australian Leadership Award (ALA) for doing PhD research project at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, the Australian National University, from July 2008 to December 2012. Completed in 2012.
  26. A principal investigator for a research project entitled “social capital, livelihood diversification and households’ resilience to floods in Vietnamese Mekong Delta”, from September 2010 to September 2011; CAD$10,000, funded by EEPSEA/IDRC. Completed.
  27. A recipient of an Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) for undertaking a Master degree and Graduate Diploma Degree in Environmental Management and Development at Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University, from January 2005 to December 2006. Completed.
  28. A research member of a research project entitled “Testing physic and chemical quality of sediments in North Vam Nao Island, at Phu Tan district, An Giang province” supported by AusAID. Focusing on soil sample collection, soil physic and chemical analysis and estimating nutrient value in soil sediment (From May to December 2002). Completed.
  29. A co-principal investigator for a research project entitled “Farmers’ making decision in transferring crop and livestock systems in the An Giang province”, funded by the Vietnamese – Netherlands Research Program, USD$14,000, from May, 2002 to October, 2004. Completed.
  30. A research member of the project entitled “Updating the changes of soil map of the An Giang province at scale 1/100.000” supported by An Giang Technology-Science Department, An Giang province, Vietnam (From February, 2002 to May, 2003). Completed.
  31. A research member of a project entitled “Baseline Study cum Needs Assessment on Post Harvest (rice crop) Handling Situation in the Soc Trang Province” supported by DANIDA organization, Danish Government (From March, 2003 to May, 2003). Completed.
  32. A research member of a project entitled ‘participatory fishery management in the Mekong delta’, An Giang and Can Tho universities, supported by ICLAM, World Fish Center, (June 2002). Completed.
  33. A research member of a project entitled “Land Use Evaluation for Shrimp Culture in the Bac Lieu Province, Mekong Delta, Vietnam”, supported by ACIAR, Australia. (October- November 2000).
  34. A research member of a project on “Land Use Evaluation in U Minh Thuong National Park of Kien Giang province, Vietnam”, supported by CARE organization. (December, 2000). Competed.

Current student projects

  1. Mentoring Mrs Wendy Conwey Lamb, a PhD candidate at University of Canberra to undertake field research in the Mekong Delta, on-going. The PhD research project entitles ‘Climate change adaptation in Vietnam: Decision-making across governance levels’, ong-going.
  2. Mentoring Mrs Reinosa Marion, a PhD candidate from Institute of Research for Sustainable Development (IRD-University of Paris Diderot VII, to undertake field research in the Mekong Delta. The PhD research project title is living the uncertain inhabitants’ processes of resilience: facing crisis in deltaic areas, on-going.
  3. Mentoring Ms Sarah Huang, PhD Candidate at Global Food Security Center, Purdue University, USA. The PhD research project entitles ‘Remaking agroecological livelihoods in Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta’, on-going.
  4. Supervising Mr Thong Lam, Master of Agronomy at Andalas University of Indonesia, from June 2016 to December 2016, under support from PEER Science project, completed.
  5. Supervising Mr Tran Xuan Long, Master of Climate Change at Hanoi National University, from May 2016 to December 2016, under support from PEER Science project, completed.
  6. Supervising Mr Thach Tri Giac, Master of Rural Development at Can Tho University, from September 2016 to September 2017, under support from PEER Science project, completed.
  7. Supervising Mr Tran Van Den, Master of Environmental Sciences at Can Tho University, from September 2016 to September 2017, under PEER Science project, completed.
  8. A PhD supervisory panel member for Mr Myint Zaw, PhD candidate at Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University. The PhD research thesis entitled “vulnerability to floods in Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar, completed.
  9. Co-supervised with Professor Philippe Lebailly, a master student from University de Liege, Belgium, Mr. Xavier SNYDERS from February to May 2014, completed
  10. Mentored a PhD candidate, Ms Grady Caitlin A, from Purdue University (USA) to carry out her PhD research on “Vulnerability assessment of drinking water, sanitation, and water resources in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam" from February to May 2014, completed.
  11. Mentored a PhD candidate from the US under Fulbright Exchange Program, Ms Jennifer Loy Wallace from Jan 2013 to Sep 2013. The PhD research project entitled “Mekong Water Governance”, competed.

Past student projects

2018-19: Understanding relationships between ecosystem services of forest and rural livelihood in An Giang province, funded by SEARCA, USD13,095. Principal investigator is Mrs Dang Thi Thanh Quynh, on-going.

2018-19: Value chain study of the palm sugar and livelihoods of Khmer communities in Tri Ton District, An Giang province, funded by SEARCA, USD 14,077. Mrs Trang Thi My Duyen is principal investigator, on-going.

2017-18: Explore vulnerability, livelihoods and adaptation to saline intrusion of two coastal communities: a case study in Lich Hoi Thuong Commune, Tran De District, Soc Trang province, funded by SEARCA, USD14,373. Principal investigator, Mr Dang Minh Man, Completed.

2016-18: Evaluation of traditional rice-based farming system and adaptation to climate change in the Mekong Delta, funded by SEARCA, USD 12,941. Principal investigator, Mr Le Thanh Phong, completed.

2016-18: Role of gender and relationships: The participation of female women in water management in O Lam commune, Tri Ton District, An Giang province, funded by SEARCA, USD 12,000. Mr Nguyen Van Thai, a principal investigator, completed.

 

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