Darius Sadighi’s dissertation research is concerned with climate adaptation in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region. Specifically, the research looks at the effects of climate change on agricultural production and the ways in which various actors are adapting to climate change through solutions such as “nature-based solutions.” The research is being conducted with farmers, foreign NGO workers, research institutes in Cần Thơ city, government officials at the provincial, district, and communal levels, and business people involved in climate adaptation initiatives and public-private partnerships. Due to its place as a central province for rice and fruit production, the research is being carried out primarily in Hậu Giang province, a province that is often overshadowed by coastal provinces in climate change research in the region. This province is also home to Can Tho University’s College of Rural Development, Darius’s host university as a visiting scholar during the 2023-2024 period. Other aspects of the research are largely carried out in Can Tho but, due to the multi-sited nature of ethnography and STS, will likely lead to further work in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Cambodia, and beyond.
Anthropology Graduate Student