Ms Vy Diep Quy Nguyen

MA Applied Social Research (Monash University, Australia), BA Sociology (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam)
PhD Student

Vy is a Vietnamese PhD student at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University (ANU). Her research focuses on the impacts of state-led urban development on the livelihoods of displaced people in Vietnam.

Vy’s research was inspired and developed in part by her work experience as a Sociologist and Applied Sociology Lecturer at the Faculty of Urban Studies, Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH). Nine years of working at the USSH have offered her valuable opportunities to be involved in research projects on urban development, particularly on public participation in urban heritage preservation and flooding mitigation.

Vy received a Bachelor in Sociology from the USSH in 2005. In 2012, Vy completed her Master of Applied Social Research at the School of Social and Political Inquiry, Monash University under the Australian Awards Scholarship program.

Research interests

Thesis title
Impacts of state-led urban development on the livelihoods of displaced people in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Thesis description
Ho Chi Minh City has experienced rapid urban growth and expansion since Đổi Mới, the 1986 Socio-economic Renovation in Vietnam, and its focus on urbanization and industrialization. In this process, formation of new urban areas has become one of the major urban planning goals to facilitate the city’s policy goals. New urban areas often require large-scale displacement of local people to construct them as places of modernity, infrastructure development, and affluence for high-end residents. Negative consequences on the livelihoods of displaced people have been extensively discussed in the international literature. However, there exists a lack of studies aiming to look at these impacts systematically in Vietnamese cities, especially in Ho Chi Minh City, where the displacement process will continue to affect more people to make way for these urban areas.

Accordingly, my research investigates the effects on the livelihoods of displaced people of the new urban area development, how displaced people cope with the changing situation, the roles of the government and other stakeholders in the process, and key factors that determine these livelihood changes, taking into account the broader socio-economic context of Vietnam. Answers to these questions will serve as a foundation for future lessons in the new urban area development in Vietnam and throughout the world.

Vy has sustained a regular and valuable output in terms of her contributions to sociological research in Vietnam and her research has been published as journal articles, book articles and conference papers. Her most recent publication is a journal article on family connectedness, school attachment, peer influence, and health compromising behaviors among young Vietnamese males, published in the Journal of Youth Studies in 2015. Finally, Vy has delivered public lectures and presentations of her sociological research in Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines and the United States.

Much of Vy’s research projects have involved a strong focus on community participation in heritage conservation, flooding mitigation and improving the living environment of slum areas. Examples include:

- Toward the Sustainable Urban Heritage Conservation: A Comparative Study between Ho Chi Minh City and Yokohama City, funded by the Sumitomo Foundation in Japan from 2013 to 2015.

- Building Capacity of Community People and Local Authorities for Participation in Improving Living Environment in Slum Areas of Ho Chi Minh City, funded by The Rosa- Luxemburg Foundation from 2011 to 2013.

- Solutions for Mobilizing Community Participation in Mitigating Flooding Impacts on Residential Areas, funded by the University of Social Sciences and Humanities from 2009 to 2010.

- Impacts of Population Growth, Spatial Structure and Community Awareness on Urban Flooding in Ho Chi Minh City, funded by the Vietnam National University from 2008 to 2009.

A number of journal articles, books and conference papers Vyhas authored or contributed to include:

- Dharma, A., & Nguyen, D.Q.V. (2015). Family Connectedness, School Attachment, Peer Influence, and Health Compromising Behaviors among Young Vietnamese Males. Journal of Youth Studies. DOI:10.1080/13676261.2015.1067674.

- Nguyen, D.Q.V. (2015). Community Participation in Urban Planning and Development of Japan and Experience for Vietnam. In Urban Sustainable Development Opportunities – Challenges (p.305-312). Ho Chi Minh City: VNU-HCM Publishing House.

- Nguyen, D.Q.V., Nobuharu, S., & Saori, K. (2014). Urban Conservation: A perspective of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Lessons from Yokohama City, Japan. Proceedings of The International Academic Consortium for Sustainable Cities (4th IACSC) September 6-7 2013 (pp.4-12). The Philippines: Econofast Press.