Kien Van Nguyen

The Mekong River Basin is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world and home to some 60 million people who rely on the river system’s abundant resources for healthy, affordable nutrition and earning their living. The health of this system is crucial to their future security, and to the economic development of the six countries that share the Mekong region: Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, China and Myanmar. With so much at stake, decisions about how best to manage the region’s natural resources and develop its economies need to be carefully made and evidence-driven.

Luc Hoffmann Institute fellow Kien Van Nguyen, PhD has joined the institute’s Navigating the Nexus project to contribute to sustainable development in the Mekong region.

As part of the project, Kien will research the impacts of development on human well-being, particularly the links between dykes and food supplies and nutrition in Vietnam; alternative irrigation systems and agricultural production, biodiversity, land, water and livelihoods in Cambodia; and dam projects and food security in Laos.

“Joining the Luc Hoffmann Fellowship programme gives me an important opportunity to contribute to future sustainable development of the Mekong region through leading research on water, food and energy connections in places where upstream dam development and climate change are increasing pressures,” Kien says.

Kien is Director of the Research Centre for Rural Development at An Giang University in Vietnam. His expertise includes water governance, agricultural and rural development, and communities’ resilience to flooding and climate change in the Mekong Delta. Kien received two scholarships from the Australian Government’s overseas aid programme, leading to a Masters of Environmental Management and Development, as well as a PhD in sociology, which he completed in 2012.


2012 PhD, Sociology, Australian National University.
2006 Master Environmental Management and Development, Australian National University.
2005 Graduate Diploma Environmental Management and Development, Australian National University.
2000 BS, Land Management, Can Tho University, Vietnam.


  • 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 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.
  • 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, 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:
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Journal Articles and PhD Proposal Reviews

  • 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.
  • 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.


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