N.P. Nguyen MSc (Nga)

PhD Candidate

About Me

I am a PhD student in the GIP department, originally from Vietnam but spent half of my life in the US and Europe. My research interest is integration of spatial and social network analysis. 

Previously worked as a Junior Data Scientist, devising policy recommendations using data analysis (what should cities invest in to spur tech start up ecosystem, what is the development priority of a region -  road or forest, can social network help or hinder education reform, how to identify innovation using natural language processing etc).

My background is applied mathematics, environmental model and some economics.

I speak English, Vietnamese, French, R and Python (in order of fluency) and learning SQL.

My personal interest ranges widely/wildly from dancing to martial arts, water sports (diving, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing etc), running, horse riding and skiing.


In the context of climate change, global increase in production as well as consumption of limited resources requires a transition to a more climate resilient, and resource efficient society. While research and development policy on transition toward sustainable behavior have focused primarily on communicating sustainable behavior and changing attitude to climate change, little is known about the decision making process leading to behavior change at the individual level or the collective impact this change may have on the socio-economic- environment at a larger spatial-temporal scale.
Considering that agricultural production and consumption contributes largely to greenhouse gas emissions, ecosystem-services discruption with irriversible damages, sustainable behavior in supply and demand parts of the agrifood system can be an important part of climate change mitigation. The research aims to model sustainable behavior adoption in agriculture from both supply-demand side and how changes from one side affect the other. Innovative integrated modeling combining both bottom-up agent-based modeling of individual behavior, top-down general equilibrium analysis, and participatory tools with role playing game are developed. The research closes the research gap in modeling supply-demand dynamics and a practical gap in policy intervention promoting adoption of sustainable behaviors.


Other Contributions
2016 Boosting Tech Innovation Ecosystem in Cities: A Framework for Growth and Sustainability of Urban Tech Innovation Ecosystems, with Mulas, V., Applebaum, H., Minges, M., Qian, K., and Sherman, M. A.). The World Bank Group. http://techecosystems.org
2015 The Political Economy of Decision-making in Forestry: Using Evidence and Analysis for Reform, with Kishor, N. and Castillo, S. Working Paper. Program on Forest. http://profor.info/node/2247
2013 Biophysical suitability, economic pressure and land-cover change: a global probabilistic approach and insights for REDD+, with Strassburg, B. , Creed, A., Latawiec, A., Sunnenberg, G., Miles, L.., Lovett, A., Joppa, L., Ashton, R. , Scharlemann, J. P. W., Cronenberger, F., and Iribarrem, A. Sustainability Science 9 (2):129–141. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-013-0209-5

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2010 – 2012 Master of Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management
Central European University (HUN), Lund University (SWE), University of Manchester (GBR), and the University of the Aegean (GRC)
2009 – 2011 Postbaccalaureate (Graduate) Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
Pennsylvania State University (USA)
2004 – 2008 Bachelor of Sciences in Mathematics
Bucknell University (USA), University of Melbourne (AUS)


Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC (building no. 75)
Hengelosestraat 99
7514AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands