Dr Kien Van Nguyen

BSc (Vietnam), Grad Dip Crawford School (ANU), Masters Enviro Manag Crawford School (ANU), PhD (ANU)
Honorary Lecturer (C)

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.

Research interests

Sociology, Agroecology, Organic Agriculture

  • Dumaresq, D., Nguyen, K. v., Pittock, J., Oo, M., Sok, K., Hieu, T., et al. (2020). The paradoxical values of traditional deep water floating rice systems. Global Food Security, 26, 1-9, doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2020.100391.
  • Nguyen, V. K. (2020). Perception of Challenges and Opportunities for Organic Research and Development in Vietnam. In G. B. Chen, & R. Price (Eds.), Regulatory Issues in Organic Food Safety in the Asia Pacific: Springer.
  • Nguyen, V, Han, N & Cramb, R 2020, 'Trends in Rice-Based Farming Systems in the Mekong Delta', in Rob Cramb (ed.), White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin, Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, pp. 347-375.
  • Nguyen, V & Howie, C, eds, 2018, Conservation and Development of the Floating Rice Based Agro-Ecological Farming Systems in the Mekong Delta, Agricultural Publishing House, Hanoi.
  • Grady, C, Nguyen, V, Nguyen, V et al 2018, 'Who is being left behind? An analysis of improved drinking water and basic sanitation access in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta', Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 508-519pp.
  • Nguyen, V, Dumaresq, D & Pittock, J 2018, 'Impacts of rice intensification on rural households in the Mekong Delta: emerging relationships between agricultural production, wild food supply and food consumption', Food Security, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 1615-1629.
  • Pittock, J & Nguyen, V 2017, Rice: The role of traditional floating rice systems, p. 10.
  • Nguyen, V, Dumaresq, D & Howie, C 2016, 'Dike Compartments in the Mekong Delta: Case Studies in Water Governance, Farming systems and Adaptation to Water-Regime Changes in An Giang Province, Vietnam', in D J H Blake and L Robins (ed.), Water Governance Dynamics in the Mekong Region, Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, Malaysia, pp. 279-310.
  • Nguyen, V 2016, 'The values and recovery progress of floating rice-based agro-ecological systems for adaptation to climate change in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta', World Conference on Climate Change, World Conference on Climate Change, Spain, pp. 1pp.
  • Liao, K, Le, A & Nguyen, V 2016, 'Urban design principles for flood resilience: Learning from the ecological wisdom of living with floods in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta', Landscape and Urban Planning, vol. 155, pp. 69-78pp.
  • Thuy, T, Phong, L, Nguyen, V et al 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, vol. 2, no. 6, pp. 860-866.
  • Nguyen, V 2016, 'Community resilience to floods: a case study of mobile kindergartens in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam', in Helen James and Douglas Paton (ed.), The Consequences of Disasters: Demographic, Planning, and Policy Implications, Charles C Thomas Publisher Ltd, Springfield, United States, pp. 224-252.
  • Nguyen, V & Huynh, D 2015, 'FORUM - Conserving the benefits of floating rice in Vietnam'.
  • Nguyen, V, Vo, O & Huynh, D 2015, 'Comparing the costs and benefits of floating rice-based and intensive rice-based farming systems in the Mekong Delta', Asian Journal of Agricultural and Rural Development, vol. 5, no. 9, pp. 202-217.
  • Nguyen, V & Alexander, K 2014, 'Farmers' perceptions and responses to annual flood events in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta: Adapting to Climate Change Impacts', in Stucker, D., Lopez-Gunn, E. (ed.), Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management: Capacity, Equity, and Sustainability, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, UK, pp. 89-109.
  • Nguyen, V 2014, An Economic Evaluation of Flood Dike Construction in the Mekong Delta. Cost-Benefit Analysis of Flood Protection Dike Construction in An Giang Province, Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany.
  • Nguyen, V & James, H 2013, 'Measuring household resilience to floods: a case study in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta', Ecology and Society, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 13-13.
  • Nguyen, V 2012, Social capital, livelihood diversification and household resilience to annual flood events in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta.
  • Nguyen, V 2011, Social capital, livelihood diversification & household resilience to floods in Vietnam's Mekong River delta.

A PhD supervisory panel member for Mr Myint Zaw, PhD candidate at Crawford School of Public Policy, on-going supervision.

Co-supervised with Professor Philippe Lebailly, a master student from University de Liege, Belgium, Mr. Xavier SNYDERS from February to May 2014.

Supported a PhD student, 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.