Emerging Auto-Mobility Landscapes and Transportation Infrastructures in Vietnam


About the Webinar

This webinar examines the emerging infrastructure and market for automobiles in Vietnam and how the public and experts are anticipating them in the wake of AFTA, RCEP and other trade agreements and policies that are reshaping the country’s urban and peri-urban transportation landscapes and everyday living patterns. Drawing on research conducted with potential and current automobile consumers in Vietnam, as well as with those who are shaping auto-mobility regimes across Southeast Asia including specialists in marketing, design, engineering, manufacturing, planning and finance, the webinar considers the impending socio-economic impacts of unmitigated automobile consumption and usage with an ethnographic focus on the car heavy / friendly cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Danang. It will reflect on whether proposed sustainability models to address such transformative mobility shifts are sufficient given the particularities of Vietnam’s histories and practices of mobility vis-à-vis state policies that manage them, and will discuss policy implications for the potentials and limitations of modeling, improving stakeholder collaborations, and garnering local behavioral insights. All these will have an impact on how Vietnamese cities and city dwellers organize and prepare for growth and expansion.

About the Speaker

Dr Ivan V. Small is Visiting Senior Fellow with the Vietnam Studies Programme at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore. He is an anthropologist and associate professor currently on sabbatical leave from Central Connecticut State University in the U.S.A. Dr Small has been traveling to, teaching about and researching in Vietnam for over 25 years. He was previously a Fulbright-Hays Fellow with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City. He is author of Currencies of Imagination: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in Vietnam (Cornell UP 2019), “Affecting Mobility: Consuming Driving and Driving Consumption in Southeast Asian Emerging Markets” (Journal of Consumer Culture 2018) and co-editor of Money at the Margins: Global Perspectives on Technology, Financial Inclusion and Design (Berghahn 2018), among other publications. Dr. Small holds a Ph.D in Anthropology and Southeast Asian Studies from Cornell University and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.


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Apr 05 2021


11:00 am - 12:00 pm