Navigating and Negotiating Top-Down Urban Change in Hanoi, Vietnam
In the summer of 2017, I spent six weeks in Hanoi, Vietnam conducting fieldwork for my honours thesis.
this page focuses on my research itself and the findings I made. To explore the urban environment of Hanoi as I perceived it, there is a photo page on Hanoi that can be accessed by clicking the button below.
The aim of my thesis was to investigate how young adults (18-32) in Hanoi, Vietnam, perceive, interact with, and negotiate the changing urban landscape they are set to inherit.
1. How and why do youth use or avoid different spaces within the city? To answer this question, I examine the spaces that youth frequent and the reasons underpinning these choices.
2. How do youth perceive recent and current urban change in Hanoi’s built environment? To approach this question, I interrogate youth perceptions of foreign influence in the urban environment, sources of capital, and ongoing projects, such as a planned metro line and a proposed motorbike ban.
3. How do youth negotiate the current and future built environment of Hanoi? My final research question is informed by an analysis of the overlaps, or lack thereof, of my first and second research question, taken in tandem with the proposed Master Plan.
Honours Thesis Poster