SERD welcomes new faculty member Dr. Lai Thi Phuoc Nguyen, Assistant Professor in Rural Regional Development Planning

photo1Dr. Lai Thi Phuoc Nguyen has joined the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) as Assistant Professor in Rural Regional Development Planning (RRDP) Program of The Department of Development and Sustainability (DDS), School of Environment, Resources and Development.

Dr. Lai holds a PhD in Governance and Complex systems from University of Sassari (Italy) and a Master in Development, Innovation and Change from University of Bologna (Italy).
She moved to AIT in July 2017 to take up the post as Assistant Professor of Regional and Rural Development Planning under the Department of Development and Sustainability of the School of Environment, Resources and Development. Prior to this she was Researcher at University of Sassari (Italy), working in the Desertification Research Centre for 6 years and Lecturer within the School of Geography of the Nottingham University, Malaysia Campus for 2 years. She has also over 10 year empirical onsite experience in rural development through her works with FAO, SNV, and ODA development projects right after her first graduation from Hue university (Vietnam) in 1999.

Teaching Summary
Her specialist teaching covers rural and environmental sociology, agricultural development planning, sustainable development, social data analysis and project planning and management.

Research Summary
Dr. Lai is a social scientist with research focused on social environmental sustainability. Her research crosses beyond conventional social science disciplinary and integrate interdisciplinary aspects to address the complexity and uncertainty that challenge regional and rural development planning. It centers upon understanding human dimension in using and management of environment and natural resources regarding social attitudes, processes and behaviors of how to understand, mitigate and adapt to social environmental changes. Specific areas of interest are: (i) adaptation to climate change; (ii) environmental and natural resources institutions and governance; (iii) action research, social learning and multi-stakeholder processes for regional and rural development planning.

Can be contacted in the following:
Room No. W 249
Ext. 6670
Email address: phuoclai@ait.asia