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Dr Philip Taylor

PhD (ANU), BA Hons (Sydney)
Senior Fellow, Anthropology Department, School of Culture, History & Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903

Research interests

The anthropology of contemporary Vietnam, the Mekong sub-region, Southeast Asia and East Asia; development; urbanisation; modernity; religion; ethnicity; gender; music; environment; indigenous studies; contemporary ethnographic practice.


Philip Taylor has lived and worked in Vietnam for five years and is fluent in Vietnamese. His other research languages include French and Khmer. He has held several consultancy, research and teaching positions in Australia. He is the author and editor of six books and many refereed articles and chapters on contemporary Vietnamese society. He supervises postgraduate students and is currently researching the ethnic and religious subcultures of the Mekong delta.

Career highlights

Editor, Asia-Pacific Journal of Anthropology; ARC QEII Fellow 2006-2010; Postgraduate Convener, Anthropology Program UWA; Consultant Anthropologist on Vietnam Program Effectiveness Review (AusAID), Mekong Delta Poverty Analysis (AusAID) and Vietnam Social Sciences Translation Project (Ford Foundation); Convener Vietnam Updates 2003-2013; President, Vietnam Studies Association of Australia; Editorial board and advisory positions for Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Ethnos, Asian Studies ReviewSoutheast Asian Studies Publications Series.


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