Kien Nguyen


Kien Nguyen obtained his Bachelor in Sociology from College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University in 2009, then got his Master of Arts in Sociology from Flinders University, South Australia in 2014. Currently he is a PhD candidate of Social and Political Sciences HDR Program of Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Australia. His research interests are community resilience to disasters and climate changes, social network and social capital, cultural identity, migration and social inclusion, and everyday life. His PhD project focuses on how Vietnam’s rural communities develop and employ social capital as one of their social resources to facilitate their resilience to natural disasters. Before coming to his PhD project, Kien devoted his efforts to understanding the ways Vietnamese people express their respect to other persons in daily encounters. His other scholarly works focus on the transformation of rural society, civil participation, social capital, and gender equality. Kien is member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

Research Topic

Social capital as a resource in facilitating community resilience to natural disaster: a case study of Vietnam rural area

Research Interests

Disaster and climate change resilience, social capital, civil participation, community development, qualitative research

Project Summary

My research aims to explore the role of social capital in helping Vietnam’s rural communities facilitate their resilience to natural disasters. The research centers on providing answers to these three sets of research questions: (a) How has the selected village developed their social capital?; (b) How will that selected village face a specific flood?; (c) How will they deploy social capital to build their resilience to the impacts caused by the flood? What will be their resilience-outcomes?. With these questions, I will employ qualitative case study methodology to explore a rural village in Mekong River Delta situated in the South of Vietnam. The project is expected to offer insights into the relation between social capital and disaster resilience, and provide implications on community-based disaster resilience models.


Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett
Assoc Prof Dharma Arunachalam

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