Paula Brown, Phd Candidate

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Paula commenced PhD research on the implementation of participatory approaches to aquatic resource management in Vietnam in August 2005. Paula has experience implementing sustainable management of aquatic resources in both Australia and Vietnam, including 12 months at the Research Institute for Aquaculture No. 2 in Saigon as a volunteer in participatory water management.

Her PhD research investigates the use of participatory approaches in aquatic natural resource management in Vietnam, focusing on fisheries co-management and Marine Protected Area projects. Three principal questions are being explored around the theme of project operation: how operations differ with different socio-cultural influences, how participation functions through projects, and how livelihoods change. This research is being implemented through documentation of influencing social, ecological and political factors operating in the coastal zone, and using ethnographic approaches at the community level.

This research is supported by the ChATSEA (Challenges of the Agrarian Transition in Southeast Asia), a project funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Paula's field research in Vietnam was supported in 2007 by an Endeavour Fellowship from the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Technology.

Languages: Vietnamese (intermediate)
Supervisor: Dr Robert Fisher
Assoc. Supervisor: Prof. Philip Hirsch


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