Dr Thong Tran

BSc (Can Tho University, Vietnam), MA (Eastern Mennonite University, the US), PhD (ANU)
Fenner School of Environment and Society
T: +61 (0) 451 226 970

Areas of expertise

  • Social Change 160805
  • Environmental Sociology 160802
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Human Geography 1604

Research interests

Transboundary environmental governance, human-environment relations, social learning, rural adaptation, water governance, 'society-state' relations in natural resources management, Mekong region

Biography

Thong Tran is a visiting fellow at Fenner School of Environment and Society, the ANU. He completed his doctoral research at this institution in July 2016. His research focuses on the implications of social learning for household and institutional adaptation in the context of flood governance in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta (VMD). Currently, he is a research fellow at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He has been involved in delivering guest lectures to graduate and undergraduate students at the ANU and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has also provided training workshops on using NVivo software for qualitative research at the ANU, National University of Singapore and other academic institutions in Vietnam. While at Fenner School, he provided NVivo tutorials to Fenner researchers and graduates who apply qualitative approaches for their research projects.

Thong Tran is also a researcher and lecturer of the Research Center for Rural Development (RCRD), An Giang University, Vietnam.

Researcher's projects

My research projects concern hydropower development, (transboundary) environmental governance, rural livelihoods, social learning, and climate change adaptation in the Mekong region.

Current student projects

Sustainable Governance of Transboundary Environmental Commons in Southeast Asia (hosted by National University of Singapore)

Past student projects

Principal investigator in the project “Freshening salinity areas: Implications of Ba Lai irrigation scheme for agro-ecosystems and household adaptation in Binh Dai district, Ben Tre province" funded by SEARCA's Seed Fund for Research and Training Program, 2018

Key participant in the project "Towards a non-toxic environment in Southeast Asia" in collaboration between the Research Center for Rural Development of An Giang University and Pesticide Action Network – Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), 2009-2012

Key participant in the project “Water, farming governance and adaptation to climate change for ‘dike compartments’: A case study in An Giang province, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta” funded by M-Power, Mekong Program on Water Environment and Resilience, 2012

Co-investigator in the project “Implications of hydropower projects in the Mekong mainstream and the role of sediments and wild fish to rural households in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta: A case study in An Giang province" funded by VRN (Vietnam Rivers Network), Vietnam, 2011

Principal investigator in the project “Impacts of pesticides on hired applicators’ health in Chau Thanh district, An Giang Province, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta” funded by the Research Center for Rural Development, An Giang University, Vietnam, 2011

Key participant in the project “Climate change adaptation: Engaging local community into decision-making process” in coordination with the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, funded by AusAID, Australia, 2010

Principal investigator in the project “Impacts of saline intrusion on poor households’ livelihoods in the coastal areas of Ben Tre province, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta” funded by the SIDA/SAREC-funded project on sustainable rural development (RDViet) under the Department of Urban and Rural Development (SOL), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry (HUAF), Vietnam, 2010

Principal investigator in the project “Women’s role in their livelihood activities in flood seasons – A case study in Tan Chau, An Giang, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta” funded by the Research Center for Rural Development, An Giang University, Vietnam, 2010

Key participant in the project “Informal financial systems in rural areas of An Giang province” funded by the SIDA/SAREC-funded project on sustainable rural development (RDViet) under the Department of Urban and Rural Development (SOL), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry (HUAF), Vietnam, 2009

Participant in the project “Development planning for Tam Nong district, Dong Thap Province up to 2020” funded by Dong Thap’s Project Development Committee, Dong Thap Province, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta, 2009

Key participant in the project “Inter-Cultural Communicative Competence (IC3) Learning Platform”, Eastern Mennonite University, the United States, 2006 – 2007

Publications

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