Skip navigation

Proactively Living with Floods

Developing new approaches to flood management in Vietnam's Mekong Delta

The Proactively Living with Floods project was led by Dr Oliver Hensengerth from Northumbria University, with Associate Professor Dr Nguyen Thi Lan Huong from Thuyloi University, Vietnam. It was funded by the British Academy and the Newton Fund.

The Mekong Delta is Vietnam’s key rice production area and has a complex and historically evolved system of dykes, sluices and canals designed to reap the benefits of floods while mitigating the damage to life, property and food production. However, upstream hydropower dams, a rise in sea level and changing rainfall patterns have led to uncertainty in how to manage the Mekong’s rapidly changing flow and how to design effective flood management policies.

There is an increasing need for policy makers to formulate flood management policies and strategies that work for a diverse range of stakeholders with different livelihood strategies and to bridge local/lay and professional/scientific knowledges.

The project brought together anthropologists, social scientists, and engineers and engaged with policy-makers, communities and development practitioners to provide decision support in flood mitigation. The aim of the project was to provide fresh and interdisciplinary solutions through co-learning and co-creation of knowledge by engaging policy-makers, communities, researchers and development organisations.

You can find out more about the research on the project's dedicated website.



Geography and Environmental Sciences Courses

With a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning Geography and Environmental Sciences courses, whatever you want to get out of university, let us show you why you want Northumbria University, Newcastle!


Geography and Environmental Sciences Staff

Our Geography and Environmental Sciences students learn from the best – inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

a group of people around each other

Undergraduate Open Day Events

Looking to study in with us in September? Our Undergraduate Open Day Events are the perfect opportunity for you to find out as much as you can about our wide range of courses and world-class facilities.

Latest News and Features

Relief workers walking through rubble in the aftermath of a storm in North Africa.
a photo of monsoon rain in a mountainous location
Guardian University Guide 2024, Top 40 text graphic.
Northumbria University's City Campus
Immigration. Generic image from Getty Images.
New research has found the West Antarctic ice sheet has not reached its tipping point towards irreversible collapse – yet.
Professor Guillaume Zoppi and Professor John Woodward
Johnny Hayes left - Papin award

Back to top