I have a BSc in Journalism at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi. I completed two Masters degrees in Public Policy and Globalisation and Development respectively at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo and the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB) in the University of Antwerp in Belgium.
I used to work in a governmental agency in the area of quality and productivity improvement in Vietnam. I worked in the area of international development in Vietnam by engaging in projects of women’s empowerment and gender equality. I used to work for the empowerment of female leaders in Vietnam’s political system and girls’s empowerment in twenty secondary schools and high schools in Hanoi, Vietnam. I also cooperated with local NGOs to develop new projects and implement activities in the areas of legal aid, women’s empowerment and child rights.
The PhD research looks at the self-government of Vietnamese NGO professional women in the context of marketisation and privatisation in Vietnam. By combining Foucault’s proposition of self-government and Gramsci’s notion of consent, the research explains the voluntary will to self-government of the women for the care work in the NGO sector in Vietnam. The research contributes to literatures of civil society and governmentality with the findings of the voluntary will to self-government of the women in the market for the care work which was shaped by the moral and ideological appeal of the care work in the Confucian and socialist tradition. The findings of the self-government of Vietnamese NGO professional women with market facilities suggest ethical citizenship of the post-socialist economic restructuration. The research reveals that Vietnam’s socialist state has triggered the mode of governmentality with the conduct of conduct for the consent of the masses to optimise with self-government and self-reliance in the process of marketisation and privatisation. The research findings suggest that the NGO welfare regime formed by the self-governing practices of the female NGO professionals resembles an autonomous civil society, yet reproducing the relational redistributive logics of the socialist state. Based on Foucault and Gramsci, the research offers an insight of neoliberalism from the explanation of the moral and ideological appeal of the self-government of individuals in Vietnam’s economic transition process.
I possess knowledge and experience in fieldwork and qualitative research. In my Master’s dissertation, I did a fieldwork study of the lacquer producers in the suburb of Hanoi. My research looked at the resilience of the villagers in Vietnam after joining the global economy and changes in the livelihoods of the Vietnamese craftsmen in the context of international economic integration. In my PhD research project, I did a fieldwork study using multiple qualitative data collection methods to collect visual and textual narratives of the life stories of the Vietnamese female NGO workers. I am interested in innovative approaches in qualitative research to interpret and construct knowledge of the social world.
I am interested in researching and teaching topics of neoliberalism, governance, gender, and civil society. I hope to form a pathway for anthropological research of neoliberalism to gather more empirical findings and evidence of neoliberalisation process in other economic sectors and various global geographies.
Honour and Prizes
2015 POLIS Tuition Fee scholarship Awardee at the School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, UK
2011-2012 VLIR OUS Master’s Scholarship Awardee at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IOB), University of Antwerp, Belgium
2005 ADB Master’s Scholarship Awardee at the Graduate National Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan