Mr Tam Nguyen

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Tam Giang Nguyen received an MA with Distinction in Globalisation, Development and Transition at the University of Westminster, London, in 2001. He continued with a PhD in Political and Development Sociology at Royal Holloway from 2002 to 2007, under the supervision of Professor John Edwards. The doctoral thesis explored the advantages of the exclusion approach to examine the social deprivations of migrants to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) in the period of globalisation. The study was not organised around dependency culture, as is done by some writers of social exclusion in the West, but around the role of the state and various institutions in terms of discrimination against migrants, and the unenforcement of their rights. Thus, it constituted a way of formulating a concept of social exclusion which is not Eurocentric, but rather able to achieve useful analytical and policy insights in a post-communist context. After completing his PhD, Tam has been working as a free-lance consultant with the World Bank, UNICEF, and UNDP in Vietnam.

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