Nhung Lu Rots

Doctoral Research Fellow
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Academic interests

  • Environmental humanities
  • Development economics


  • Development economics
  • Statistics
  • Environmental humanities

PhD project description

My project with the title “Engaged Buddhism and Environmental Activism in the Mekong Delta” studies religious practices that aim to reduce the human impact on the environment in Vietnam. The Mekong Delta is one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse regions in the country, inhabited not only by Vietnamese but also by Khmer, Cham, and ethnic Chinese minorities. These communities recently face severe environmental challenges: water scarcity, salinification, acidity, waste pollution (plastics, agricultural substances, and aquaculture chemicals), and excessive and unregulated flooding induced by climate change. Based on ethnographic fieldwork at several sites in the region, the project examines several religious groups and leaders, looking at their responses to climate change and the ways in which they mobilize followers to tackle environmental problems and climate emergencies. The project also studies traditional ecological knowledge in the region, in order to answer the question if this ecological knowledge can contribute to sustainable water management today.


Tags: environmental humanities, Vietnam, OSEH, ethnographic research, development economics

Selected publications

Lu Rots, N. (2018). The Aftermath of a Marine Disaster: Food Anxieties, Pangasius Production and Social Change in Contemporary Vietnam. Asia in Focus 6, 25-37. (http://asiainfocus.dk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/AIF_ISSUE6_Final.pdf)

Lu Rots, N. (2018). Havforurensning, matbekymringer og sosiale endringer i Vietnam. Asiapunkt.no, 28.oktober. (https://asiapunkt.no/2018/10/28/havforurensning-matbekymringer-og-sosiale-endringer-i-vietnam/)

Le, D. H., Nayyar, A., Lu Rots, N. (2018). Implementation of the WTO Agreement on Custom Valuation in Vietnam: Trade integration and local compliance at Danang Port. Indian Journal of Finance 12(7), 42-56.

Lu, Nguyen Nhung (2013). Energy Policies in the European Union: Convergence or Divergence? UMB Student Journal of International Environment and Development Studies 3, 39-47.

Lu, Nguyen Nhung (2013). National reforestation, regional deforestation? Cross-border timber trade and forest transition in Vietnam. Master thesis, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
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