Van Quan PHAM, PhD in Environmental Engineering (Vietnam)

Pham Van QUAN

Pham holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Tokyo in Japan, and is currently working as an official in Human Resource Development at the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Vietnam. His latest research focuses on climate change and energy in the field of industry and trade.

Current position: Official in Human Resource Development at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam

Research focus: Climate change and energy in the field of industry and trade

Before that, he worked as a lecturer in the Environmental Engineering Department at Hanoi Architectural University, where he researched energy-saving techniques to mitigate climate change, involving his former University in Tokyo.

In 2011 Pham was awarded a Green Talent. The jury lauded his interesting ideas on understanding and managing cities as comprehensive units, with a focus on the water-energy nexus. Afterwards, he became interested in a broader range of issues, receiving financial backing from the government. Pham has written numerous papers on sustainability topics, including two on energy-saving methods.

2012 Golden award for one of ten outstanding Vietnamese researchers, Ministry of Science and Technology, Youth Union Ho Chi Minh.


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2011):

Hanoi Architectural University, Vietnam

Research focus: Energy-Saving Techniques to Mitigate Climate Change

Pham Van Quan, a lecturer in the Environmental Engineering Department at Hanoi Architectural University, is focusing on energy-saving techniques to mitigate climate change.

Pham Van Quan is currently working on two projects involving the University of Tokyo. One is focused on the development of a well-balanced urban water-use system in Hanoi that is adapted for climate change. The second project is called Sustainable Water Management of the Huong River and Hue City. In both projects, he is using his expertise in environment and hydrology.

Dr Quan has written numerous papers on sustainability topics, including two on energy-saving methods: "Energy Conservation Countermeasures in Vietnamese Cities" in 2010 and "Environment Planning and its Role in Environment Protection and Sustainable Development in Vietnam" in 2005.

Before earning a doctorate in urban engineering at the University of Tokyo, he earned a master’s degree in environmental science and technology at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology at the Hanoi University of Technology.

The jury lauded Dr Quan's interesting ideas on understanding and managing cities as comprehensive units, with a focus on the water-energy nexus. It said his research will help identify weak and missing links in the systems that are supported by cities. It will also aid in finding necessary solutions for cities in fast-developing Asia.

Dr Quan is particularly interested in meeting and working together with German academics who have been involved in training and research in Vietnam. "Germany is a world leader in water technologies, and my institute at the university is hoping to learn more about German technologies for conservation of natural and sustainable production," he said.