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Agrarian Change in Vietnam’s Central Highlands


In recent decades, the Central Highlands of Vietnam have emerged as a major commodity source region for global buyers of agricultural products like coffee and black pepper. This has resulted in rapid social and ecological transformation in the highlands as Vietnam becomes both an agricultural and manufacturing powerhouse. Furthermore, major coffee and black pepper buyers are implementing sustainability programs that are profoundly influencing landscape dynamics. There are opportunities to examine this transformation from an economic, social, ecological or cultural perspective (the highlands are inhabited by a number of ethnic minorities), or through a global value chain lens.


Associate Professor Jeffrey Neilson.

Research location

School of Geosciences


This project would examine agrarian change in the Central Highlands of Vietnam as a result of increasing integration within agricultural commodity markets. 

Additional information

Research will be undertaken at the University of Sydney Camperdown campus and Vietnam.

This project is open to applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy and the Master of Philosophy. 

Students interested in working on this project can apply for an RTP scholarship to support their studies.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2995

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