Research At British University Vietnam

At BUV we believe that having a faculty with a broad range of capabilities is of utmost importance for our future success. Students benefit greatly from being taught by faculty with experience in different countries, industries, and research areas. That’s why we encourage and support our faculty who are, or wish to become, research active.

Just like with our student body, we offer tailored and flexible support to our faculty who are engaged in professional academic research. When completing research at BUV, you can expect the following:

  • Structured Individual Research Plans to help determine research workload allowance and establish research goals.
  • Condensed teaching loads to allow for block periods of research time.
  • Financial support for attending and presenting at conferences/symposiums.
  • Access to university funds for enabling small research projects.
  • Encouragement and assistance for research grant applications for both large and small research projects.
  • Assistance with data collection by Student Research Assistants.
  • Assistance in contacting local, national and international organisations where research could potentially be conducted.
  • Recognition and promotion of all research work through BUV media channels.
  • University research seminar series to allow staff to present and discuss their current research activities.
  • Access to Writing Retreats.
  • Access to, and training training sessions for research software.
  • Development of relationships with prestigious Vietnamese and international universities to enable collaborative research.

Additional support can be offered to faculty depending on whether you have a clear research focus in your career, are an Early Career Researcher or an established academic wishing to maintain your current level of research outputs. This support could extend to the following:

  • Reduced teaching loads including significant periods of non-contact time.
  • Ad-hoc support for larger research projects.
  • Mentoring by experienced researchers.
  • Support for research involving the improvement of pedagogical techniques at BUV.

The above support is subject to an annual assessment of the outputs achieved. We recognise that the time period between performing research and its eventual publication may extend over a period of several years and therefore concrete results may not be easily obtained. Because of this, some other evidence of research outputs may be requested in order to provide continued support at the existing level.

A Case Study: Dr Mike Perkins

‘Having completed my PhD at a research-intensive university just before arriving in Vietnam, I have been really pleased with the research support offered to me over my three years at BUV. Although teaching takes up a significant amount of my time, I have had several twelve-week block periods where I have been able to carry out research and attend conferences. My research area is in Operations Management, with a particular focus on performance management in policing. Since being in Vietnam, I have published in international journals in the field of operations management and policing, and have written book chapters relating to policing within Vietnam. BUV have supported me in attending two international conferences, as well as the opportunity to attend regional conferences in my areas of interest.’


Dr Mike Perkins

Work in Progress

Retaining order and legitimacy: Improving policing through an understanding of public confidence factors'
The key determinants of public confidence in policing: A structural model'

Selected Publications

Perkins, M. (in press). Different communities, different approaches: Avoiding a ‘one size fits all’ approach to neighbourhood policing strategies. In Bruns, D. (Ed.). Global Perspective on Crime Prevention and Community Resilience. Taylor & Francis

Perkins, M., Cotrel-Gibbons, L. (in press). The Vietnamese police response to domestic violence against women: The family unit under pressure. In Bruns, D. & Schroder, S. (Ed.). International Perspectives on Domestic Violence. Routledge

Perkins, M. (2016). Modelling public confidence of the police: how perceptions of the police differ between neighborhoods in a city. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 17(1) 113-125

Perkins, M., Grey, A., Remmers, H. (2014). What do we really mean by “Balanced Scorecard”? International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 63(2), 148-169

Research Keywords

public confidence, police, performance management, performance measurement, balanced scorecard, structural equation modelling

Dr Maren Viol

Work in Progress

Maren is currently working on a variety of publications in cooperation with Dr Eleni Theodoraki, Dr Constantia Anastasiadou and Dr Louise Todd from Edinburgh Napier University, UK. This includes a paper which explores the use of commemorative events for event tourism purposes and which is to be submitted to Tourism Management. She is also working on a methodological paper that considers the use of semiotics for the study of events as well as a paper that investigates the role of large scale commemorative events in the politics and development of Berlin Wall commemoration.

Selected Publications

Viol, M. (2015) ‘The use of wikis within the virtual learning environment to support collaborative working and their influence on students’ learning experience’, Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 3 (2), 50-57.

Viol, M., Theodoraki, E., Anastasiadou, C. & Todd, L. (2014) ‘Researching narratives of collective memory and identity: The case of the commemorative events of the fall of the Berlin Wall’, presented at: International Conference on Remembering in a Globalizing World: The Play and Interplay of Tourism, Memory, and Place, Le Chambon sur Lignon, France, September 8th - 10th, 2014.

Viol, M., Theodoraki, E. & Anastasiadou, C. (2013) ‘The impact of commemorative events of the fall of the Berlin Wall on collective memory (re)constructions’, presented at: Post Conflict, Cultural Heritage and Regional Development: An International Conference, Wageningen, Netherlands, October 9th - 11th, 2013.

Viol, M., Theodoraki, E. & Anastasiadou, C. (2012) ‘Constructing social memory: A critical investigation of reconstructions of the past and governance at commemorative events’, presented at: 'Current Issues and (Im)possible Solutions: an interdisciplinary dialogue in tourism and leisure’, GLTRG PhD Colloquium, University of Surrey, UK, September 6th - 7th, 2012.

Viol, M., Theodoraki, E. & Anastasiadou, C. (2012) ‘Constructing social memory: A critical investigation of cultural governance and narratives of the past at commemorative events’, presented at: Global Events Congress V, Advances in Event Management Research & Practice, Stavanger, Norway, June 13th - 15th, 2012.

Viol, M., Theodoraki, E. & Anastasiadou, C. (2012) ‘Constructing social memory: A critical investigation of cultural governance and narratives of the past through festivals and events’, presented at: 'Innovative Approaches to Tourism Marketing and Management Research', PhD Colloquium, Exeter, UK, April 2nd - 4th, 2012.

Research Keywords

Tourism management; festival and event management; memory studies; commemoration and commemorative events; collective memory; group and place identity; tourism and event impacts; qualitative research; semiotics.

Dr Ulas Gezgin

Work in Progress

“Tourist Psychology and Sociology: A Case Study of Hoi An, Vietnam”
“The Uses of Social Media to Promote ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community in Vietnam”

Selected Publications

Gezgin, U.B. (2016). “Strategic Management of ASEAN Economic Community: An Analysis of Strategic Change and Change Strategy” in T.L.Le, L.G.Dwyer, & P.L. Ha (Eds.), Knowledge Journeys & Journeying Knowledge (pp.195-213). Hanoi: The Gioi Publishers. ISBN: 978-604-77-2426-0

Gezgin, U.B. (2015). Critical Thinking Skills On Social Media: A Blooming Season Or A Period Of Decline? C.Aslan, Ş.S.Çiftçi, N.Doğan, H.Kahveci ve A.Oruç (Eds.). Philosophy of Education Symposium Proceedings. p.249-258. Ankara: Ankara University.

Gezgin, U.B. (2014). Regional Journalism in Southeast Asia and ASEAN Identity in Making: Asia News Network as a Case for International and Intercultural Communication. Istanbul Gelisim University Journal of Social Sciences, 1(1), 43-53.

Gezgin, U.B. (2014). Media psychology and intercultural communication: The social representations of Vietnam on Turkish newspapers. Proceeding of the 5th Engaging With Vietnam - An Interdisciplinary Dialogue" Conference: Integrating Knowledge: The Multiple Ways of Knowing Vietnam (pp.248-259). Thai Nguyen: Thai Nguyen University Publishing House.

Gezgin, U.B. (2014). Omnipresent and Omnipotent Authoritarianism: Authoritarian Media vs. Social Media? Alternative Politics, 6(1), 32-61.

Gezgin, U.B., Dev, V.C.A. (2014). Of Kate Moss & Marilyn Monroe: Body Dissatisfaction and its Relation to Media Consumption, Body Mass Index and Self-Esteem in Malaysian College Women. Akdeniz University Faculty of Communication Journal, 22, 190-201.

Gezgin, U. B. (2013). Educational uses of social media and problem-based learning. Akdeniz University Faculty of Communication Journal, 20, 246-257.

Gezgin, U. B. (2013). So similar and so different: How to teach comparative education from a critical point of view. 3rd International Conference on Critical Education, Ankara University, 15-17 May 2013. Proceedings, p.18.

Gezgin, U. B. (2013). Social media, blended learning and constructivism: A jigsaw completed by the uses and gratifications theory? INTED2013 (International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, 4-6 March 2013) Proceedings, pp. 3292-3297.

Gezgin, U.B. (2013). Social Cognition and Media Psychology Uncovered: Social Representations of Chinese on Turkish Newspapers. Seminar at Shanghai University, China, 11 November 2013.

Gezgin, U. B. (2013). The future of the new media: The mobile generation and interpersonal communication. 1st International Media Studies Symposium, 20-23 November 2013. Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey, s. 577-583.

Gezgin, U. B. (2013). Philosophy of Education and the Critique of the Discourse of Critical Thinking. National Symposium on Philosophy of Education, 21-22 November 2013, Ankara University Faculty of Education, Ankara.

Gezgin, U. B. (2013). Urban biodiversity, economics & ethics. the IAFOR Journal of Ethics, Religion & Philosophy, 1(1), 37-50.

Gezgin, U. B. & Ng, Y.-S. (2012). “Keep In E-Touch”: Personality and Facebook use. Akdeniz University Faculty of Communication Journal, 18, 123-139.

Gezgin, U.B. (2011). Potential problems of Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) in off-shore campuses in Southeast and East Asia and suggestions. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 11(2), pp.90-101.

Gezgin, U.B. (2011). Education for green business and sustainable management: Urban and regional challenges and opportunities. In P.Nayak & R.K. Mishra (eds). Globalizing management education: Issues and challenges for industry and academia. New Delhi and others: Allied Publishers. pp.10-20.

Gezgin, U. B. (2011). Spatial identity formation: How urban planning and economics are forming Asian urban identities? (Paper presented at the International Conference on Asian Identities: Trends in a Globalized World. 9-11 February, 2011 Bangkok, Thailand.)

Gezgin, U. B. (2011). Spatial identity formation, tourism and sustainable development at a peninsular town. (Paper prepared for ACCS 2011: the Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2011. 23-25 March 2011,Osaka, Japan.)

Gezgin, U. B. (2011). Human development in Asia-Pacific in 2010: Challenges and opportunities. (Paper prepared for ICETD 2011: 2011 International Conference on Economics, Trade and Development. 1-3 April, 2011, Bali, Indonesia.) ISBN: 978-1-4244-9775-1. IEEE Catalog Number: CFP1185M-ART.

Gezgin, U. B. (2009). The currents and trends in the Vietnamese education system within the international(ized) context: A comparative perspective. (Paper presented for the Third Conference on Comparative Education in Vietnam, October 16, 2009.)
In Vietnamese: Gezgin, U. B. (2009). Các trào lưu và xu thế của hệ thống giáo dục VN trong bối cảnh quốc tế: Từ góc độ nghiên cứu so sánh. Tiasang.

Gezgin, U. B. (2009). The social consequences of environmental degradation in Vietnam: A country-level and city-level pollution haven analysis. (Paper presented at The 9th Conference of The Asia Pacific Sociological Association: Improving the Quality of Social Life: A Challenge for Sociology, June 13-15 2009, Bali, Indonesia.)

Gezgin, U. B. (2009). Education system and labor market in Vietnam: Economy and education in transition. In S. Nelasco, P. Steward & T. Olujuvan (Eds.). Global outlook in education. pp.338-346. India: Kanishks.

Gezgin, U. B. (2009). Vietnam & Asia in flux, 2008: Economy, tourism, corruption, education and ASEAN regional integration in Vietnam and Asia. Darmstadt: H@vuz Publications.

Gezgin, U. B. (2007). Social and economic development of Vietnam: Governmental and management challenges. International Colloquium on Business & Management, Bangkok 2007. Bangkok, Tayland, 19-22 November 2007.

Research Keywords

Strategic management, tourist psychology, tourist sociology, regional integration, social media, philosophy of education, intercultural communication, media studies, psychology of communication, comparative education, media psychology and mobile generation


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