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Transformative Adaptation and Social Justice in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam


Transformative Adaptation and Social Justice in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
This case study is part of the UNRISD project Transformative Adaptation to Climate Change in Coastal Cities which explores adaptation decision-making processes and barriers to transformative solutions in order to inform more progressive policy making in the context of Southeast Asian coastal cities.

This paper introduces governance and decision-making processes for urban development in Ho Chi Minh City and gives an overview of adaptation planning and strategies to deal with increasing levels of urban flooding. It provides a comparative case study of two urban upgrading projects that affected low-income dwellers in informal settlements. Through this analysis, the authors illustrate the complex socio-economic situation of project beneficiaries and impacted residents, as well as the social justice implications of adaptation policies, and hope to identify how Ho Chi Minh City can move toward more transformative adaptation.

About the Authors
Nguyen Hong Quan is Associate Professor at the Viet Nam National University-Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM). He leads the newly established Institute for Circular Economy Development (ICED) and is also affiliated with the Socio-Hydrology Group at the Center of Water Management and Climate Change (WACC), Institute for Environment and Resources, VNU-HCM. Dr. Nguyen studied in the Netherlands (M.Sc, 2005, University of Twente) and Germany (PhD, 2010, Technische Universität Braunschweig), and obtained expertise in environmental hydrology studies using hydraulic/hydrologic/GIS/RS/geo-science modeling techniques. His research interests focus on solving environmental problems based on inter/trans-disciplinary study and through strong partnerships between academia, industry and government. His work is widely published in a range of national and international journals and includes 35 ISI/Scopus-indexed articles in the last five years.

Huynh Thi Phuong Linh is a researcher at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) in Hanoi, Viet Nam, and frequent trainer for the EU-funded WANASEA project. She trained in agronomy and water management and obtained her PhD in Development Studies from the University of Bonn, Germany, in 2015. Since then, she has worked in the fields of anthropology and sociology in the context of land and water management in the Mekong region and southeast Asia. Her current expertise and interests lie in the interlinkages of environment stressors and social inequalities and justice, including aspects of climate adaptation and resilience.
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  • Pub. Date: 11 Dec 2020
    Pub. Place: Geneva
    ISBN: 978-92-9085-118-9
    From: UNRISD