About me

Dung_cr2 BWWelcome to my blog! My name is Dung Tri Ngo (called me Dzung). I am a Vietnamese origin. My background is forestry research and management. Graduated from forestry sector, I soon realised that only research is not enough to help solving diverse and critical issues of forest/nature conservation. Through various activities, I consider myself three types of person as researcher, lecturer, and development pratitioner. Currently I’m working at Hue University – Institute of Resources and Environment (IREN) and teaching at College of Agriculture & Forestry (HUAF) where I studied my undergraduate in Faculty of Forestry. I’m also a founding member and Chairman of Consultative and Research Center on Natural Resource Management (CORENARM) – a Vietnamese NGO established in 2005 and working for sustainable management of natural resources. I completed my MSc (2002) and PhD (2010) both at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. Since then, I have made several international exchanges to US, Switzerland, India and most of countries in South & SE Asia.

Research Interests

I’m interested in the interactions among factors of socio-ecological systems, and how they contribute to achieve sustainable natural resource management. I pursue research on the sustainability of community forest management schemes, on the analysis of resource user behaviors as outcomes of incentive and policies, and on the assessment of the institutional outcomes of conservation programs. My focus area is the Southeast Asian countries and especially the Greater Mekong Subregion including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Yunnan province.

Job profile

  • 2016-now: Researcher, Institute of Resources and Environment (IREN) – Hue University, Vietnam.
  • 2014-2015: Postdoctoral researcher at Forest Management and Development Group (ForDev), Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems, ETHZ, Switzerland.
  • 2013: Community Solutions Program (CSP Fellow) at Center for Integrated Natural Resource and Agriculture Management (CINRAM), University of Minnesota, USA
  • 2007-2009: Senior Forestry Advisor, Netherlands Development Organization (SNV)
  • 1999-now: Lecturer at Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry (HUAF), Vietnam
  • 1998: Project officer, Center for Rural Development (CRD) in Central Vietnam – Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry.

Projects served as Principle Investigators (PI)

  • Assessing the ‘nature’ of a ‘forest transition’ in Vietnam: ecosystem services and social-ecological resilience in locally managed forest landscapes. R4D research project funded by SDC & SNSF. Research team: Christian Kull, Roland Cochard (Switzerland); Ngo Tri Dung and Tran Nam Thang (Vietnam). (2017-2022)
  • Evaluation of Payment for Forest Environmental Service in Vietnam: perspectives of conservation and livelihood of local communities. Project funded by Oxfam Britain to Forest land network (FORLAND), Vietnam (2015) co-PI
  • Local livelihood improvement through sustainable land use system at Phu Mau village, Nam Dong district”, project funded by IUCN Netherlands through Ecosystem Grant Program (2008-2010)
  • Development project “Improving management of forest allocated to local people in Nam Dong district, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam”. Project funded by Ford Foundation Hanoi Office (2006-2008)
  • Development, Land Use Change, and Forest Conservation in Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam (MacArthur Foundation, 2003-2009). See Book 1 and Book 2 as results of this project.


  • Collaboration among Stakeholders for Adjustment of Forest Policies to International Framework to Reduce CO2 Emission. Lead: Makoto Inoue, University of Tokyo. Partners: Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar. Toyota Foundation, 2016-2018, Project Ref.: D16-N-0013)
  • Bridging policy practice gap in the effective implementation of REDD+ programs in SE Asia: Collaborative learning among Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam (Toyota Foundation, 2013-2014, Project Ref.: D13-N-0140)
  • Community based forestry and livelihoods in the context of climate change adaptation (Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research – APN funded to Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal, 2009-2011, Project Ref.: ARCP2011-04CMY-Paudel)

See my recent publication page and CV (01.2018) for further details.