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Technical Lead, Vietnam

PhD in Urban Flood Governance

Master's in Environmental Management

Toan is technical lead at ISET-Vietnam. He has a solid theoretical knowledge and intensive practical experience in urban climate resilience, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, urban policy and adaptive governance in Vietnam. Toan has 15 years of experience of working in and leading research and development projects in these fields across levels and is familiar with proposal development, project design, planning and implementation and multi-stakeholder engagement. He also has a rich knowledge and experience in environmental management, public policy formulation and sustainable development obtained from his previous jobs with the Forclum-Eiffage group in France and with the National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies, the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam. Toan has a particular interest in governance issues and in the research-practice-policy linkages. He holds Master Degree in Environmental Management from France and PhD degree in Urban Flood Governance from Australia.

Profile Summary

  • Disaster risk reduction

  • Urban climate resilience

  • Adaptation planning

  • Adaptive governance


Climate change Adaptation Policies in Viet Nam from national perspective to local practices, in Vietnam, Impacts and Adaptation, A COP26 assessment report of the GEMMES Viet Nam project, with Huong Thi Lan Huynh, Tu Anh Nguyen, Thinh Quang Dang, Emmanuel Pannier, Olivier Tessier, Nguyen Cong Thao, Phan Phuong Anh, Phan Thi Kim Tam, Phuong Thao Nguyen, Long Bao Pham, 2021, AFD/IRD/DCC/IMHEN


Financing climate change adaptation in Viet Nam: A perspective from the field, in Climate change in Vietnam, Impacts and Adaptation, A COP26 assessment report of the GEMMES Viet Nam project, with Gwenn Pulliat, Emmanuel Pannier, Etienne Espagne, 2021, AFD/IRD/DCC/IMHEN


The Three Dialectics of Adaptation Finance in Vietnam, with Emmanuel Pannier, Etienne Espagne, Gwenn Pulliat, and Thi Thu Ha Nguyen, Sustainability 2020, 12, 7691.


Improving flood resilience of Can Tho City with green infrastructure measures, 2018, with Đinh Diệp Anh Tuấn; Võ Quốc Tuấn; Nguyễn Hiếu Trung, and Trần Văn Giải Phóng. Institute for Social and Environmental Transition.

Barriers to enabling principles of uncertainty and controversy in urban flood decision-making in the context of climate change: the case of Quy Nhon city in Vietnam, 2017. The University of the Sunshine Coast.

Mainstreaming urban climate resilience into policy and planning, reflections from Asia, with Richard Friend, Jim Jarvie, Sarah Reed, Ratri Sutarto, Pakamas Thinphanga, Urban Climate, Volume 7, 2014, Pages 6–19

Shared learning for building urban climate resilience - experiences from Asian cities, with Sarah Orleans Reed, Richard Friend, Pakamas Thinphanga, Ratri Sutarto and Dilip Singh, Environment and Urbanization, October 2013 vol. 25 no. 2 393-412

Intangible cultural heritage conservation and challenges in the context of climate change,with Phan Phuong Anh, Vietnam Social Science Journal, 2012 n5.151

Adaptation or Development? Exploring the distinction (or lack thereof) through case studies in Bangladesh and Vietnam, 2013, with Natlie Tostovrsnik, Ngoc Cong Chinh and Bach Tan Sinh. Partner Report Series No.8, Stockholm Environment Institute and the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Platform.

Understanding Adaptation Planning: the case of Nepal and Vietnam, 2013, with Bach Tan Sinh, Stockholm Environment Institute, Partner Report Series No.9.

Mainstreaming adaptation into local development plans in Vietnam, 2012, with Bach Tan Sinh, under the Adaptation Knowledge Platform, Partner Report Series No.3., Stockholm Environment Institute and the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Platform, Bangkok

Mangrove Restoration and Rehabilitation for Climate Change Adaptation in Vietnam, 2011, with Neil Powell, Maria Osbeck, Bach Tan Sinh, published by World Resources Institutes.

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