Dr Thong Tran

Profile

Qualifications

BSc in Education (Can Tho University), Vietnam, MA in Conflict Transformation (Eastern Mennonite University), the US, PhD in Human Ecology (ANU), Australia

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. Thong Tran earned his MA degree in Conflict Transformation at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), the US in 2007. 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). Thong Tran also works as the researcher and lecturer of the Research Center for Rural Development (RCRD), An Giang University, Vietnam.

His research has focused on climate change, water governance, and rural adaptation in the context of the VMD. At present, he gets involved in guest lecturing at the ANU and provides training and tutoring of NVivo for Fenner graduates who apply qualitative approaches for their research projects.

Scholarships, awards and honors

Research fellowship granted by the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS) on the project "Sustainable Governance of Transboundary Environmental Commons in Southeast Asia", to be commenced in January 2018.

Travel grant awarded by SEARCA for the XXII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Laguna, November 28-December 1, 2017.

Fellowship granted by BIARI (Brown International Advanced Research Institutes), Brown University for the two-week workshop “Climate change and its impacts: Connecting local variability and knowledge in a global system”, Brown University, Rhode Island, the US, June 3-17, 2017.

Australia Awards Casual Sessional Tutor granted for NVivo tutoring at Crawford School of Public Policy, the ANU, April 8-29, 2017.

Fellowship granted by the ANU for attending ACSPRI’s (Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Inc) training course on “Introduction to social network research and network analysis”, University of Queensland, Brisbane, June 27-July 1, 2016.

Fellowship granted by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS) for participating the 10th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies, NUS, June 24-26, 2015.

Fellowship granted by the ANU for attending ACSPRI’s (Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Inc) training course on “Fundamental of statistics”, the Australian National University, Canberra, January 14-18, 2013.

PhD scholarship granted by the ALA (Australian Leadership Awards) for the doctoral study at the ANU, July 2012-July 2016.

Fellowship granted by the NFP (Netherlands Fellowship Programs) of the Netherlands Government for the training course “Facilitating multi-stakeholder processes and social learning”, Wageningen UR Center for Development Innovation, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, September 6-24, 2010.

Fellowship granted by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for DIES workshop “Proposal writing for international research projects”, co-organized by DAAD, Freie Universität Berlin, the Universities of Kassel and Bonn, Vietnamese-German Center, Hanoi, Vietnam, June 13-18, 2010.

Fellowship granted by the University Network for the Wetland Alumni Conference and DRAGON Asia Summit and the Great Lakes of the World Summit, Siem Riep, Cambodia, June 19-25, 2009.

Fellowship granted by the Regional Training Committee for the 7th training course “Wetland ecology and management in the Lower Mekong Basin”, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and Champasack University, Lao PDR, May 27-June 18, 2009.

Best student title awarded by the Trainers’ Committee for the training course “Wetland ecology and management in the Lower Mekong Basin”, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and Champasack University, Lao PDR, May 27-June 18, 2009.

MA scholarship granted by the United Board of Christian Higher Education in Asia, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, the United States, December 2005-August 2007.

Project participation

Coordinator in project on “Towards a non-toxic Southeast Asia”, the Research Center for Rural Development (PI), $9,518 (yearly) funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), December 2016-October, 2017.

Key participant in project on “Water, farming governance and adaptation to climate change for ‘dike compartments’: A case study in An Giang province, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta”, Kien Van Nguyen (PI), $12,000 funded by M-Power (Mekong Program on Water Environment and Resilience), 2012.

Key participant in project on “Towards a non-toxic Southeast Asia”, the Research Center for Rural Development (PI), $15,000 (yearly), funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), 2009-2012.

Co-principal investigator in project on “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”, Tri Huu Nguyen (PI), Thanh Duy Vo (Co-PI), $6,000 funded by the Vietnam Rivers Network, 2011.

Principal investigator in project on “Impacts of pesticides on hired applicators’ health in Chau Thanh district, An Giang Province, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta”, Phong Thanh Le (Co-PI), $1,500 funded by the Research Center for Rural Development (RCRD), An Giang University, Seed Fund, 2011.

Principal investigator in project on “Women’s role in livelihood activities in flood seasons – A case study in Tan Chau, An Giang, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta”, $1,500 funded by the Research Center for Rural Development (RCRD), An Giang University, Seed Fund, 2010.

Key participant in project on “Climate change adaptation: Engaging local community into decision-making process”, the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam (PI), Kien Van Nguyen (Co-PI), $125,000 funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID/DFAT), Australia, 2010.

Principal investigator in project on “Impacts of saline intrusion on poor households’ livelihoods in the coastal areas of Ben Tre province, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta”, Phong Thanh Le (Co-PI), $5,000 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.

Participant in project on “Development planning for Tam Nong district, Dong Thap Province as of 2020”, the Research Center for Rural Development (PI) funded by Dong Thap’s Project Development Committee, Dong Thap Province, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta, 2009.

Key participant in project on “Informal financial systems in rural areas of An Giang province”, Michael Hudson (PI), Tri Huu Nguyen (Co-PI), $5,000 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.

Key participant in project on “Inter-Cultural Communicative Competence (IC3)”, Dr. Daniel W. Wessner (PI), Ms. Elizabeth Wessner (Co-PI), Eastern Mennonite University, the United States, 2006-2007.

Research

Research interests

‘State-society’ relationships in natural resources management, water governance, social learning, climate change adaptation, rural livelihoods

Teaching

Co-supervisor, PhD scholar (Ms. Pham Huynh Thanh Van) with Professor Rudi Febriamansyah and Professor Afrizal, Andalas University, Indonesia, (PhD study period: 2016-2020). Doctoral thesis title: “Collective climate risk adaptation to saline intrusion – A case study in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta”, April 2017-to date.

Invited lecturer, “Policy learning: State-society interactions” for the graduate course “State, society and natural resources” (EMDV-8101) convened by Associate Professor John McCarthy, Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University, August 29, 2017.

Invited lecturer, “The Vietnamese Mekong Delta in the interplay of flood management and adaptation” for the undergraduate course “Vietnam Field School” (ENVS-2017) convened by Dr. David Freudenberger, Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Australian National University, October 31, 2016.

Invited lecturer, “Flood governance, social learning and adaptation in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta” for a graduate course “Disaster Risk Reduction and Management” (EMDV-8124) convened by Professor Helen James, Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University, August 17, 2016.

Invited lecturer, “Hydro-power development on the Mekong River and its implications for the Vietnamese Mekong Delta”, to undergraduate students from the SIT Study Abroad program, SIT Graduate Institute, International Development Program, the United States, September 29, 2010.

Invited lecturer, An undergraduate course “Specialized English in Rural Development” for the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, An Giang University, Vietnam, 2010.

Teaching assistant, An undergraduate course on “Asian Studies” convened by Dr. Daniel W. Wessner, Department of History, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, the United States, 2007.

Trainer, Intensive training of NVivo for PhD students at Crawford School of Public Policy, the ANU, April 8-29, 2017.

Tutor, Weekly tutoring of NVivo for graduate students at Fenner School of Environment and Society, the ANU, May 2016-May 2017.

Trainer, Short training of NVivo, “Understanding theme nodes and case nodes”, Fenner School of Environment and Society, the ANU, April 7, 2017.

Trainer, Short training of NVivo, “Data import and analysis using NVivo”, Research Center for Rural Development (RCRD), An Giang University, December 13, 2016.

Trainer, Short training of NVivo, “Using NVivo for literature review”, Fenner School of Environment and Society, the ANU, August 28, 2016.

Trainer, Short training of NVivo, “NVivo Basics – Project creation, data import and coding techniques”, Fenner School of Environment and Society, the ANU, May 20, 2016.

Publications

Tran, T. A. and James, H. (Forthcoming) Changing livelihood options as adaptation: A comparative analysis of three flood control management schemes in the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam, in James, H. (ed.), Population, development and the environment: Challenges to implementing the sustainable development goals in Asia and the Pacific, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Tran, T. A., James, H., and Pittock, J. (2017, In press) "Social learning through rural communities of practice: Empirical evidence from farming households in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta", Learning, Culture and Social Interaction. DOI: 10.1016/j.lcsi.2017.11.002.

Tran, T. A. and James, H. (2017) “Transformation of household livelihoods in adapting to the impacts of flood control schemes in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta”, Water Resources and Rural Development, 9, 67-80.

Vo, T. T., Tran, T. A., and Luong, D. V. Q (2017) “Water governance for sustainable development: International practices and implications for the Mekong Delta region”, Journal of Economic Development, 24(4), 99-120.

Nguyen, V. K., Tran, T. A., Tran, V. H., Vo D. T., Le, T. P., Tran, X. L., and Nguyen, V. T. (2012) “Climate change: Local perception, impacts and adaptation of agrarian communities in the coastal provinces of the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam”. Paper published in the proceedings of the international conference on Water and Climate: Policy Implementation Challenges, National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia (ISBN: 978-0-85825-911-9)

Conference presentations

Presenter, “Adaptive co-management in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta: Examining the interface between flood management and adaptation”, the XXII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology (SHE) – Envisioning Pathways to Just and Sustainable Futures: Celebrating Diversity, Pursuing Integration and Developing Livable Communities, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna, November 27-December 1, 2017.

Presenter, “Changing livelihood options as adaptation: A comparative analysis of three flood management schemes in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta”, the International Conference on Regional Perspectives on Population, Development and the Environment, University of Yangon, Myanmar, February 2-3, 2017.

Presenter, “Social learning for households’ adaptation to floods in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta”, the 10th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore, June 24-26, 2015.

Presenter, “Wetlands in Champasack, Laos and their implications for the local communities’ livelihoods”, the Wetland Alumni Workshop and the DRAGON (Delta Research and Global Observation Network) Asia Summit on “Connecting Great Deltas, Great Rivers, and Great Lakes”, Siem Reap, Cambodia, June 19-25, 2009.

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