About Us

Voices from Vietnam: The role of innovation in Vietnam’s Covid-19 response and recovery is a research project that documents and analyses innovations that have helped Vietnam survive, combat, and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Most of these innovations are grassroots initiatives by the ordinary Vietnamese, conceived for the good of the many rather than the few. Three such innovations, which we have delved deep into, were affordable test kits for SARS-CoV-2 by three independent research teams; the development of these test kits offer valuable lessons for innovators and policymakers.

Voices from Vietnam: The role of innovation in Vietnam’s Covid-19 response and recovery is funded by King’s College London, including funding from the Department of International Development and the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

This website presents the case studies of the aforementioned research teams who developed affordable test kits for SARS-CoV-2. It also hosts a podcast series where we talk to grassroots innovators all over Vietnam.

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Dr. Robyn Klingler-Vidra is Senior Lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of International Development at King's College London. Previously, she was the Head of Policy Research at the Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University. Her research focus is on innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital policy in East Asia. She is the author of The Venture Capital State: The Silicon Valley Model in East Asia (published by Cornell University Press in 2018). Robyn obtained her BA in Political Science at the University of Michigan and her MSc and Ph.D. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics.

Dr. Robyn Klingler-Vidra, King's College London. robyn_klingler.vidra@kcl.ac.uk

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Dr. Ba-Linh Tran

Ba-Linh Tran is a Vietnamese post-doctoral researcher in digital and political economy. His research has dealt with Vietnamese policymakers and their higher education background, digital entrepreneurship and social mobility in Vietnam, and the future of work. Ba-Linh is also a consultant in higher education management; his clients include Vietnamese universities and foreign universities in Vietnam, which he advises on a range of issues, including strategy making, research training, and student recruitment.

Ba-Linh did his PhD in Education at the University of Bath. His thesis focused on the role of non-strategists (deans, lecturers, students) in realizing a university's strategies.

Dr. Ba-Linh Tran, King's College London.