Dilemmas of hydropower development in Vietnam: between dam-induced displacement and sustainable development

PhD student: Ty Pham Huu (Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry – HUAF, Vietnam) – completed

Host institution: International Development Studies, Utrecht University


Hydropower is one of the biggest controversies in Vietnam in recent debates because of the adverse environmental and social consequences it may have. People are being displaced for hydropower dam construction. This PhD research draws a picture of the controversies involved and aims to formulate policy recommendations to enable more equitable and sustainable development of hydropower. Land governance plays a vital role in the research.


This PhD project has been completed. LANDac will be publishing a policy brief in 2015 based on the findings and outcomes.