Congratulations Dang Ly Quoc, Partnership’s second scholarship recipient

UCRSEA is very pleased to announce Dang Ly Quoc as the Partnership’s second scholarship recipient.

He is currently a researcher in the Department of Socio-Economic and Policy Studies, Mekong Delta Development Research Institute at Can Tho University in Vietnam. He hails from Soc Trang Province, one of the provinces in the Mekong Delta that is most affected by climate change.

Dang intends to enroll in Khon Kaen University in Thailand for his PhD studies in 2016. He will explore how gender roles in families who live in the urban and peri-urban areas of Can Tho City, at the centre of the Mekong Delta, face and deal with natural disaster risk. He is in interested in how men and women in each family make decisions related to disaster risks and how they engage with local government officials and others stakeholders. In his study, he plans to investigate three districts: Cai Rang, Binh Thuy and Ninh Kieu.

Dang holds a bachelors degree in environment sciences from the University of Natural Science of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2007) and an International Master of Advanced Studies in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland (2012).

Dang has several years of experience in the development field in the Mekong Delta and in Mekong Region countries. He held an M-Power Fellowship (2012) and was an ASEAN-Canada Junior Fellow (2013-2014). In both positions, he focused on water governance issues. He was a part of a Thailand Environment (TEI) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) partnership programme on climate change adaptation and natural resource management studies in 2014-2015.

He was a wildlife conservation education fellow with Bat Conservation International (2008 and 2010) and with the Rufford Foundation (2013 and 2015). Dang also participated in a young leadership program supported by the Joke Waller-Hunter Initiative, organized by Both Ends, a Dutch organization. It offers young environmental leaders in the developing world the opportunity to realize their full potential, and in doing so helps them to navigate a new, more sustainable path to development.

He has worked for the East Meets West Foundation on clean water and sanitation issues in the Mekong Delta and on urban climate resilience in Can Tho City to build youth capacity on climate change knowledge and skills. In 2015, he was selected as a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Fellow. Each year, 250 YSEALI Professionals have five-week placements in American non-profit organizations and state and local government offices. Dang will spend his placement with organizations in Montana and Washington, D.C.

Earth Rights International and the Rufford Foundation, among others, have published Dang’s research. He is currently working on two papers and articles for future publication on social norm and rules of water management in Khmer ethnic group communities in the Mekong Delta, and the conflicts in water management in coastal areas of the Mekong Delta.