Hoang Cam is a senior researcher in the Institute of Cultural Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. He holds a PhD in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Washington, USA with a PhD dissertation entitled: Forest Thieves? The Politics of Forest Resources in a North-western Frontier Valley of Vietnam. He has over 20 years of experience working with local communities in the Northern mountains and the Central Highlands of Vietnam, and has made leading contributions to a pioneering initiative to raise public awareness for ethnic minorities’ cultural and land rights by way of several photo-voice projects. His current research projects include: “Conflict and Cooperation over REDD+ in Mexico, Nepal and Vietnam and Supranational Forest Governance in an era of globalizing wood production and justice politics”.

Project Summary

Capitalist Agriculture and Social Marginalization in Vietnam

This project involves fieldwork in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, focusing on land grabbing, deforestation and social marginalization within the context of cash crop development and state resource conservation policies following doi moi (renovation) of 1986 in the region.