Dr Dinh Thi Ngoc Bich

Senior Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5261
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: dinh@gcr21.uni-due.de


since 09/1994

Vietnam National Academy of Social Sciences

Institue of European Studies (IES)

Researcher & research project coordinator

09/2009 – 04/2014

Catholic University of Leuven

Institute of Public Governance

PhD fellow and project coordinator

09/2004 – 09/2005

Catholic University of Leuven

Faculty of Social Sciences

Master of European Politics & Policies (MEPP)

Research Interests

  • Public policies, participation and empowerment, public private partnerships (PPP), public sector governance, stakeholder engagement

  • Sustainable development: displacement and rehabilitation; conflict resolution, sustainable livelihoods and rehabilitation, community development, food security and poverty reduction, gender and ethnic minority, climate change and Clean Development Mechanism, mining &  environmental impact mitigation

  • Private sector: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and branding, extractive industries, local outsourcing, sustainable value chain etc.

  • International studies: EU study, the relationship between Vietnam and European countries; international cooperation policies

  • Research method advocacy: Qualitative, participatory, participant observation

Current Projects

  • PPP in practice: Accessing business goals in combating climate changes. Case of Vietnam

  • Vietnam - Germany cooperation in combating climate change in Vietnam  

  • Infrastructure to develop sustainable livelihoods for people in the coastal area in Ben Tre province, Vietnam, to adapt to climate change


Dr Dinh Thi Ngoc Bich joined the research group 'Pathways and Mechanisms of Global Cooperation' in September 2020 and will be a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre until August 2021.


Research Project at the Centre

PPP in practice: assessing business goals in combating climate change in the case of Vietnam

This research is prepared to meet a call which seeks to enhance understanding of the possibilities and limits of global cooperation and to explore new options for global public policy, particularly in the field of combating climate change. It is assumed that private actors would play a predominant role in achieving the global sustainable development goals (SDGs), where combating climate change is viewed as the Goal 13. So PPP can be a mechanism of global cooperation for SDGs. The research examines in which way the private actors cooperate with intergovernmental actors (such as World Bank, UNDP, GRI etc. ) as well as domestic governments in order to achieve SDGs while meeting their business goals? Based on the empirical data from the PPP practice in Vietnam, this research presents a specific type of PPP in the field of climate change, where  motivations or goals of the private sector participation are found to be different, depending on various perspectives of sustainable development studies - whether it is post-modern, ethical or economical. This research will also present an appropriate analytical framework based on the network theory to understand the insights of this collaboration process including the characteristics of participating actors, the collaboration patterns and the outcomes of the process. Viewing PPP as a governance strategy, which can be distinguished between contracting-out versus a partnership. This research will focus on the second type of PPPs which addresses the insights the public private collaboration and its practical outcomes to climate change governance on local and global levels.


  • Institute for European Studies - Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences

  • KU Leuven Alumni - Alumni Committee Member


Dinh Thi Ngoc Bich (2020). Environmental protection Policies of European countries and Implication for Viet Nam. Chapter II: Environmental protection policies at EU level. Hanoi: Social Sciences Publishing House.

Dinh Thi Ngoc Bich (2018). PPP in sustainable development: contribution of the private sector in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The Institute for European Studies. Working paper.

Dinh Thi Ngoc Bich (2017). PPP in the practice of the Science and Technology in Viet Nam: towards a PPP policy in the field of the Science and Technology. The Institute of Science and Technology Management. Working paper.

Dinh Thi Ngoc Bich (2016). Implication of Network Theories for assessment of some PPP projects in EU. The Institute for European Studies. Working paper.

Dinh Thi Ngoc Bich (2016). Masan Resources- Nui Phao Project in view of sustainable development, ITIA Newsletter, June.

MSR Sustainability Reports 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018 (under GRI standards)

Dinh Thi Ngoc Bich (2015). Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Practice: Contribution to Conflict Resolution in Involuntary Resettlement in Viet Nam. Institute of Public Governance, KU Leuven. PhD Dissertation.

Public Private Collaboration in CDM - the Case of Viet Nam. In Vietnam- EU relations in the implementation of clean development mechanism in the period of 2011–2020. Hanoi: Social Science Publishing House.

Dinh Thi Ngoc Bich and Sarah Van Eynde (2013). Public–private partnerships in CDM implementation in Vietnam. In: The Governance of Climate Relations between Europe and Asia: Evidence from China and Viet Nam as Key Emerging Economies, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire: Edward Elgar.

Dinh Thi Ngoc Bich (2012). Some issues in the implementation of CDM in Vietnam, MO* (Mondiaal Magazine), 6 June.

Dinh Thi Ngoc Bich (2008). Grassroots Democracy and Participatory Budgeting: Synthesis Report and Policy Advancement (Publication License No 57/GP-CXB, dated 22/4/2008).

Seminars and Conferences

Vietnam Energy Summit. July 2020, Hanoi.

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). July 2017. Participation in the Mining Task Force Group meeting and coordination of a mining tour in the North of Vietnam.

Vietnam Corporate Sustainability Forum (VCSF). 2016 & 2017. Organised by Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). Representative for participating company (Masan Resources).

Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development. November 2016, Singapore. Contribution with a Vietnamese case of responsible business in terms of resettment and rehabilitation.  

7th EuroSEAS Conference July  2013, Lisbon. Paper presentation on PPPs and CSRs: Compulsory land conversion in a mining project in Vietnam.