Researcher biography

Dr. Nam Tran completed his BA in sociology from Academy of Journalism and Communication in Vietnam. He has an MA, majoring in Urban Sociology from Brown University in the United States, and Ph.D in social and health-risk behaviours over the life course from the University of Queensland in Australia. Before joining the Institute for Social Science Research in 2016, Tran worked as a universtiy lecturer in Hanoi and a senior researcher at a local non-government organisation in Vietnam where he worked and developed partnerships with government and international organisations such as Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Health, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, BBC World Service Trust, John Hopkins University, and the Atlantic Philanthropies to conduct and manage a projects in adolescent health, health behaviours among marginalised population, health equity and social determinants of health. Tran also worked with the Pennsylvania State University as a project manager under a NIH project addressing the nature of social changes and how social change impacts individual, families and communities of ethnic people in Vietnam.

Dr. Tran has extensive experience in developing and designing population-based social surveys, training, supervising and managing quantitative data collection, analysing cross-sectional and longitudinal data. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, Tran's research interests cover but not limited to the impact of intergenerational transmission of income, socio-economic position, education, health-risk behaviours and well-being of people in both developed and developing countries.