Kien Van Nguyen took his PhD in sociology at the ANU in 2012 with the support of an Australian Leadership Award from the Australian government. His thesis was on ‘Social Capital, Livelihood Diversification, and Households’ Resilience to Floods in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta. His field work was funded by EEPSEA (under IRDC) and was published as a research report and policy brief. He is currently Director of the Research Centre for Rural Development, An Giang University, Mekong Delta, Vietnam, and a post-doctoral research fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU.
Kien has published several papers in international journals and local newspapers. He has more than ten years’ experience in teaching and researching environmental issues in the Mekong River Delta and has presented his work at many international and national conferences on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and conservation now the main focus of his research interests.
Kien did his Masters at the ANU under the Australian Development Scholarship in the areas of Environmental Management and Development, 2005 – 2006. Kien's Master thesis is entitled “An economic evaluation of flood dike construction in the Mekong Delta, Cost-benefit analysis of flood protection dike construction in An Giang Province”.
Recently, Kien has received several research grants from international research and academic institutions. He received the first fellowship by EEPSEA (under IDRC) to study “social capital, livelihood diversification and household resilience to floods in Vietnamese Mekong Delta, in 2010. In 2012, Kien received the second fellowship to study “Water governance, farming system and adaptation to climate-related to changes in “dike compartments”: A case study in An Giang province, Mekong Delta, Vietnam under the support of the M-POWER-CPWF Research Fellowships Program on Water Governance. Kien has also received a Seed Fund for Agricultural Research from SEARCA to study “Enhancing resilience of the community through climate change adaptation: Research and training activities for preservation and development of floating rice – vegetables farming systems in Vinh Phuoc commune, Tri Ton District, An Giang province, in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam” in 2014. Just recently, Kien has received a three year research project research grant under Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) to study “water governance of minority community in Mekong Delta, Vietnam”.
Most recently, Dr. Kien has selected to be a postdoctoral research fellow at the Australian National University under Luc Hoffmann Research Institute from Geneva Switzerland from December 2014 to July 2016.
Australian – German Red Cross - resilience livelihood project in An Giang and Kien Giang provinces of the Mekong Delta.
IFAD - climate adaptation project in Ben Tre and Tra Vinh provinces from January to March 2013.
GIZ - climate change adaptation project in An Giang province – assessment of floating rice farming system in Tri Ton district, from February to March 2013.
CARE international – credit for youths in Long An province in October 2011 and October 2012, baseline survey and data analysis.
Working experience (over sea)
Visiting Professor of the Organization for Cooperation with Industry and Regional Community, Saga University, Japan from 10 August 2014 to 31 September 2014.
Presented a lecturer on “land, people and housing in the Mekong Delta” for undergraduate students of engineering at New South Wales University campus, Australia Defense Force Academy, on 9th April 2012.
Presented a lecture on capacity building training workshop for Australian Youth Ambassadors at the Australian National University, to undertake voluntary work in Vietnam, 26-27 September 2011.
A research assistant (officer grade 5/6 Research), period 1st June to 31 October 2010) for Prof Stephen Howes to undertake a research project on “Climate Change and Fiscal Policy: A Report for APEC”, sponsored by World Bank. Stephen Howes is a Prof of Economics at Crawford School of Economics and Government, Director of IDEC program, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU. The report is linked
Provided a lecture to Australian Youth Ambassadors to undertake voluntary work in Vietnam at the Australian National University, (November 2008).
A permanent lecturer, head of Environmental and Resource Management Unit, at the Department of Soil Science and Natural Resources, faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, An Giang University, Vietnam.
Teaching several courses on “environmental and resource management”, “sustainable livelihoods”, and research methodology for undergraduate students (students of Integrated Rural Development) at the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, An Giang University, Vietnam, from 2007 up to now.
Awards, scholarships and grants, and participation in research
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.
Received a research grant from PEER Science Cycle 3 entitles “water governance of minority communities in the Mekong Delta, from Sep 2014 to Sep 2017, Principal Investigator.
Visiting Professor at Department of Regional Rural Development, Faculty of Agriculture, Saga University, Japan, from 1st August to 30th September 2014.
Received a seed grant from SEARCA (Southeast Asian Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture), a research and training award entitles “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 from 01 January 2014 to 30 December 2014; $13,000, principal investigator.
Received a research grant from Paraff (Public Participation and Accountability Facilitation Fund), a research project entitles “job law evaluation: a case study of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam”, from January 2014 to August 2014; $20,000, principal investigator.
Received a series of the research project “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; $45,000, funded by An Giang Department of Finance, principal investigator.
Received a research project on “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.
Received a M-Power fellowship for a research project entitles “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; $10,000, principal investigator.
Received 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, awardee.
Received an IDRC researcher fellowship to undertake PhD research fieldwork entitles “social capital, livelihood diversification and households’ resilience to floods in Vietnamese Mekong Delta”, from September 2010 to September 2011; CAD 10,000, principal investigator.
Received 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, awardee.
Participated in a research project on “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), research assistant.
A research assistant for the project “Farmers’ making decision in transferring crop and livestock systems in the An Giang province” (From May, 2002 to October, 2004).
Participated in a research project on “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), research assistant.
Participated in a research project on “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).
Participated in a research project on ‘participatory fishery management in the Mekong delta’, An Giang and Can Tho universities, supported by ICLAM, World Fish Center, (June 2002).
Participated in a research project on “Land Use Evaluation for Shrimp Culture in the Bac Lieu Province, Mekong Delta, Vietnam”, supported by ACIAR, Australia. (October- November, 2000).
Participated in a research project on “Land Use Evaluation in U Minh Thuong National Park of Kien Giang province, Vietnam”, supported by CARE organization. (December, 2000).
Received Academic Certifications
Certificate of completion for having fully participated in the course on “Experimental Methods for Environmental and Resources Economics” on 5-8 August, 2014 in Penang, Malaysia, given by EEPSEA (the Economy Environment Program for Southeast Asia).
Certificate of participation on a one-week regional training workshop on “Delta Planning and Management”, organized by UNESCO-IHE, Wageningen University, Ministry of Transport of Myanmar, and held at Myanmar Maritime University in Yangoon, Myanmar, from 21 to 25 October 2013.
Certificate of participation in a one-week workshop on “2011 Summer Academy for Social Vulnerability: Climate change and fragile states; rethinking adaptation”, hosted by the Munich Re Foundation Chair on Social Vulnerability, and co-organized by the United Nation University Institute for Environment and Human Security and Munich Foundation, from 18-22 July 2011 in Schloss Hohenkammer, Germany.
Certificate of participation in a two-day training course on Behavioral Economics by the Environment and Economy Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), certificate of participation in Hanoi, Vietnam, May 2011.
Certificate of participation in the 2010 Summer Institute for Advanced Study of Disaster and Risk, at Normal Beijing University, China (from 2 to 13 August 2010).
Certificate of participation in an advanced study on “Climate Change and its Impacts:
Resilience & Adaptation to Changes in Precipitation”, at Brown International Advanced Research Institute, Brown University, USA (from 13 to 26 June 2010).
The certificate of participation in Postgraduate Studies Program of Asia Pacific Week, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia (29 January – 2 February 2006).
Certificate of participation in a two-week training on “Sustainable Rural Development”, supported by Vietnamese-Netherlands Research Program and National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies Vietnam (NISTPASS), Hanoi, Vietnam (August, 2001).
Conferences and Workshops
Presented a scientific paper on “Human-earth relationship: social and cultural dimensions of floating rice conservation in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, at the Sustainability Science Congress 2014, Copenhagen from 22 to 24 2014.
Participated in the first workshop on “Disaster Relief and Resilience–Coping with New Security Threats under Climate Change Conditions. European – Asian Norm Diffusion: Processes, Mechanisms and Filter Factors” on 16th – 17th, June 2014, at Seminaris Campushotel Berlin, Takustraße 39, 14195, Berlin.
Presented a research paper on “water and farming governance inside the dike compartments in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam” at the 3rd Mekong forum on water, food and energy, at Hanoi 19-21 November 2013.
Presented a research paper on “Improved dike and flood governance: a strategy for ecological and social resilience to floods in the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam”, at the conference “Water-Food Security in Cambodia and the Vietnam Delta - Assessing risk and alternatives under an altered flow regime”, from 5-6 December 2013.
Presented a paper on “Resilience to floods in the Mekong River Delta: Opportunities and Challenges”, Joint Vietnam-Cambodia Mekong Delta Workshop, An Giang University from 9-11October 2013.
Presented a paper on “community resilience to floods: a case study of mobile kindergartens in the Mekong River Delta” at an international conference on the Demography of Disasters: Implications for future policy on Development and Resilience, The Australian National University, from 18 to 20 September 2013.
Presented a paper on the importance of restoration of floating rice - vegetable system for adaptation to climate change in the Mekong Delta at a conference on Farming techniques for vegetable production in climate change condition in An Giang province, An Giang University, Saga University and An Giang Department of Science and Technology, An Giang University.
Presented a paper on local responses to climate change in the Mekong Delta in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Sustainability and Climate Change Program Sea Level Rise Workshop September 5–7, 2012 at San Diego, California, USA.
Presented a research paper on “Climate change: local perception, impacts and adaptation of agrarian communities in the coastal province of the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam” at the Water and Climate: Policy Implementation Challenge, Practical Response to Climate Change National Conference 2012 from 1 to 3 May 2012, National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia. See the link here:
Presented a research paper on “Social capital and households’ resilience to flooding in the Mekong River Delta”, at the workshop title: Transformation and resilience of populations impacted by disasters in cross-cultural contexts: Theoretical, empirical and policy issues; a workshop convened in conjunction with the ARC funded Discovery Project, ‘Demographic Consequences of Asian Disasters: Family Dynamics, Social Capital and Migration Patterns’, at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, the Australian National University on 13 April 2012. See the link here:
Presented a research paper on “Floods in the Mekong Delta: local perception, impacts and resilience” at the Vietnam Update 2011, at the Australian National University from 17-18 November 2011.
Presented a paper on livelihood resilience to annual flood events: a case study in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta at Asia Regional Conference on “Building Livelihoods Resilience in Changing Climate”, from 3 to 5 March 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Presented a paper in Symposium NETHCID 2009 on “Water management and Spatial planning in Arhem, Netherlands (October 13, 2009).
Presented a paper on “potential effects of dams, dikes and sea level rise on agriculture and local adaptations to hydrological changes in the Mekong Delta” at the Dragon Asia Summit, Cambodia June 22-25, 2009. See the link here:
Presented a paper on “Local adaptations to the increased risk of flooding arising from climate change in the Mekong River Delta”, at the Regional Forum on the MRC Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative Bangkok, Thailand February 2-3, 2009.
Presented a research paper on social and economic analysis of flood-based livelihoods in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta: A case study in An Giang province at an International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation in Bali Indonesia in February 2008, supported by IDRC and EEPSEA.
Nguyen Van Kien, & James H. (In-press). “Adaptation to climate change in the Mekong Delta - social capital, livelihoods and resilience.” Singapore: Springer
Nguyen Van Kien (2014) An economic evaluation of flood dike construction in the Mekong Delt, Cost-benefit analysis of flood protection dike construction in An Giang Province, Lambert.
Nguyen, K. V (2016) “Community resilience to floods: a case study of mobile kindergartens in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam,” in H. James and D. Paton (Eds) The Consequences of Disasters: Demographic, Planning and Policy Implications (Springfield, Ill.: Charles C. Thomas Publishers), pp. 224 - 252
Nguyen Van Kien and Alaxander, K. (2014) 'Farmers’ perceptions and responses to annual flood events in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta: Adapting to Climate Change Impacts' in Lopez-Gunn, E. and Stucker, D., eds., Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management: Capacity, Equity, and Sustainability, London: Earthscan, 446.
Symposium / Conference Papers
Nguyen Van Kien (2014) 'Preservation and Development of Systems of Floating Rice-Vegetables in the Mekong Delta', in International Symposium on Current Agricultural Environmental Issues in the Pacific Rim Nations and their Countermeasures, Saga University, Japan.
Nguyen Van Kien, Tran Anh Thong, Tran Van Hieu, Vo Duy Thanh, Le Thanh Phong, Tran Xuan Long, and Nguyen Van Thai. 2012. "Climate Change: Local Perception, Impacts and Adaptation of Agrarian Communities in the Coastal Provinces of the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam." in Water and climate: policy implementation challenges - practical responses to climate change national conference National Convention Center, Canberra (ISBN: 978-0-85825—911-9).
Nguyen Van Kien. 2011. "The winners and losers of the floods in the Mekong Delta-a study from Vietnam." Singapore: The Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA).
Nguyen Van Kien. 2011. "Social capital, livelihood diversification and households’ resilience to annual flood events in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta." Singapore: The Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA).
Nguyen Van Kien., 2007. Economic and social benefits of flood-based livelihoods in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta: a case study in An Giang Province, EEPSEA Climate Change Conference, Bali, Indonesia. See the link here:
Journal Articles and PhD Proposal Reviews and Thesis
Nguyen, Van. Kien., 2000. ‘The application of Geographic Information System (GIS) in managing Wetland Conservation Areas in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’. Graduated thesis, Cantho University, Vietnam.
Nguyen Van Kien., 2006. An economic evaluation of dyke construction alternatives in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta: a case study in An Giang province, Master thesis, Crawford School of Economics and Government, ANU, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
Implications of land use dynamics on floodplains under climate change impacts in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta, PhD proposal (reviewed on 13 Feb 2015), PhD Project Proposal for registration and / or approval by the SENSE Research School.
Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the Mekong Delta. Journal of Climate and Development
Strengthening Resilience in Post-3.11 Kita Ibaraki, Japan: A Community Intervention During a Continuing Technical. Journal of Disaster
The potential role of integrated farming for poverty alleviation: Assessment of farmer base network in promoting integrated farming system at the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development. From 25th June to 25th July 2013.
Thuy, Truong Ngoc, Le Thanh Phong, Nguyen Van Kien, & Le Thi Phuong Dong. (2016). "The Impacts of Paraquat and Chlorpyrifos in Agricultural Production on Environment and Farmers’ Health in An Giang Province, Vietnam." Imperial Journal of Interdisciplinary Research (IJIR) 2 (6): 860-866
Kien Van Nguyen, Van Oc Vo, & Duc Ngoc Huynh. (2015) “Comparing the costs and benefits of floating rice-based and intensive rice-based farming systems in the Mekong Delta.” Asian Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development, 5(9), 202-217
Nguyen Van Kien & Huynh Ngoc Duc (2015) “Conserving the benefits of floating rice in Vietnam”, http://www.mekongcommons.org/conserving-the-benefits-of-floating-rice-in-vietnam/
Nguyen, K. V. and H. James. 2013. Measuring Household Resilience to Floods: a Case Study in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta. Ecology and Society 18 (3): 13.[online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol18/iss3/art13/.
Factors that influence perception of water-related climate change risks and climate variability in the Mekong region. Journal of Environment, Development, and Sustainability. From 20th June to 20th July 2013.
Nguyen Thanh Son, Tran Van Hieu, Shrestha, R. P., Nguyen Thanh Trieu, Nguyen Van Kien, Vo Tong Anh, Phan Anh Dung, Huynh Ngoc Duc, Nguyen Minh Du and Nguyen Xuan Niem (2008) 'Integrated land-use planning for sustainable agriculture and natural resources management in the Vietnamese Mekong delta', Asia Europe Journal, 6(2), 307-324.