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Southern Institute for Water Resources Research (SIWRR)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Nghia Hung

Dr. Lam Vu Thanh Noi

SIWRR is a non-productive agency for scientific and technological research and post-graduation training for southern provinces under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. SIWRR’s work focuses on formulating and organizing the implementation of long-term, short-term and yearly scientific programs and plans aimed at meeting the demands for developing and managing water resourses. SIWRR does researches on various issues of irrigation works, water environment protection, riverbank and estuary systems, coastal and island systems, natural disaster mitigation and control, information technology in water resources management and development.

University of Economics and Law (UEL)

Dr. Van Tran

UEL is the key local partner for data collection in the project DECIDER, supporting interviews and field experiments with firms and businesses in Ho Chi Minh City. This includes developing interview guidelines, contacting local authorities, organizing and conducting interviews and field experiments. The results of the empirical data collection will be implemented in the Decision Support Tool (DST).

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Department of Geography

Prof. Dr. Matthias Garschagen

Dr. Liang Emlyn Yang, Jiachang Tu, Antje Katzschner

The Teaching and Research Unit Human-Environment Relations (HER), Department of Geography at LMU Munich conducts innovative research on sustainability transformations in coupled human-environment-systems. A big part of the research concentrates on advancing our knowledge on risk and adaptation related to climate and environmental change, from an empirical and theoretical perspective. In doing so, the unit’s research covers three fields in particular:

  • develop and apply scientific methods to assess past, current and especially future trends in risk as they unfold at the interface of climate change hazards and changing human societies and infrastructures.
  • develop, test and apply methods to evaluate different options for risk reduction and adaptation and how they are negotiated within the wider risk governance in societies.
  • assess when and how transformative change for risk reduction becomes necessary and how it can be fostered pro-actively.

As the coordinator of the project, LMU plays a key role in the organization, implementation and documentation of the project workshops and the coordination with key actors on the Vietnamese side as well as for the processing of the project results in policy briefs and the project reports.

The research subprojects of LMU aim at the development of a conceptual analysis and assessment framework for urban vulnerability scenarios as well as the participatory elaboration and provision of concrete vulnerability scenarios for Ho Chi Minh City. This includes tasks of the collection, analysis and assessment of adaptation options and criteria for decision-making of various stakeholders, based on a standardized survey of flood-affected households in different urban structure types in Ho Chi Minh City. LMU also leads the development of the comparative and integrative evaluation framework of DECIDER and transform it into an interactive interface and integrated into the Decision Support Tool.



Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM)

Dr. Tran Thi Hong Minh

Do Thi Le Mai

The CIEM is a think tank under the Ministry of Planning and Investment. CIEM is a key partner for data collection in DECIDER, supporting the organization of field experiments with firms and businesses by acquiring interview partners, communicating with local authorities, and training interviewers. The CIEM is also a multiplier of project results.

Ludwig Franzius Institute of Hydraulic, Estuarine and Coastal Engineering, Leibniz Universität Hannover (LuFI)

Prof. Dr. Torsten Schlurmann

Leon Scheiber, Mazen Hoballah Jalloul, Dr. Jan Visscher

The LUFI institute carries out research activities in a wide range of areas, including coastal protection, marine and offshore technology, risk and vulnerability research in coastal zones, and field measurements in Germany and abroad. Large-scale wave channels and basins, an extensively equipped measuring boat as well as high-performance computing clusters for complex numerical simulations enable individual investigations of scientific and application-oriented problems.

Vietnam National University, Center of Water Management and Climate Change (WACC), HCMC

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hong Quan

Tran Thi Van Thu

(WACC) is a Vietnamese research institution based at the Institute for Environment and Resource (IER), member of Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh city (VNU – HCM) that operates in the fields of water resources, meteorology, hydrology and others to promote sustainable social development and response to climate change. With its strong knowledge of local hydrology and expertise in numerical modelling, the Center contributes to hydraulic modelling and infrastructure solutions in DECIDER by sharing and advancing flood simulations and co-developing mitigation strategies.

plan + risk consult (p+r)

Dr. Mark Fleischhauer

Dr. Christian Lindner

plan + risk consult based in Dortmund consists of an interdisciplinary team. The connection to the faculty of spatial planning at the TU Dortmund guarantees the constant transfer of new scientific findings and methods into the work of plan + risk consult and vice versa. The range of activities in p+r includes consulting and planning services in the areas of spatial climate and risk research, urban and regional development, intercommunal cooperation, european spatial development, international development cooperation, etc.


Public and Environment Target CO, LTD (EPT)

Dr. Nguyen Quy

EPT Ltd. is a HCMC-based engineering and architecture enterprise that provides long-term experience of infrastructural planning and innovative flood protection. The company primarily contributes to hydraulic modelling and infrastructure solutions in DECIDER by providing local data/information as well as own ‘grey’ and ‘green’ mitigation strategies.

Thuringian Institute of Sustainability and Climate Protection (ThINK)

Dr. Uwe Kurmutz

Jakob Maercker

ThINK provides comprehensive research and advisory services in Germany and abroad on the topics of climate (climate protection, climate change and adaptation, urban climate), energy (renewable energies, energy efficiency, energy balances), sustainability (urban greenery, GHG emission balances), and polar ecology (remote sensing, mapping, traverse planning). The independent institute also pursues sustainable education in the above thematic complexes. As a university spin-off ThINK works with a scientific background, but at the same time very practical regarding our clients needs.


Helmholtz Center Potsdam – German Geoscience Research Center (GFZ)

PD. Dr. Heidi Kreibich

Dr. Nivedita Sairam

The GFZ is Germany’s national research center for the solid Earth Sciences. GFZ develops a profound understanding of systems and processes of the solid Earth together with strategies and options for action to address global change and its regional impacts, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, as well as to assess the human impact on System Earth.  The section of Hydrology at GFZ researches toward a better quantification of the water cycle and its changes in space and time, and to better understand the hydrological risk and to derive lessons for the management of such catastrophes.

Global South Studies Center, University of Cologne (GSSC)

Prof. Dr. Javier Revilla Diez

Dr. Roxana Leitold

The GSSC at Cologne aims to investigate and highlight the manifold causes and consequences of the transformative processes in rapid socioeconomic, cultural, and political change in the Global South whose impacts are felt throughout the world. The center seeks to overcome multiple divides by focusing on processes of mobility and exchange that result in translocal connectivities. Researches at the GSSC question perceived geographies and further the understanding of how global transitions, networks, inequalities, and aspirations are made. A key focus of the GSSC consists in close cooperation with partners from countries across the Global South to promote research that is not only interdisciplinary but also involves multiple stakeholders.

Institute of Geography, University of Tübingen (UNI-TUE)

Prof. Dr. Volker Hochschild

Carolyn Elizabeth Duffy, Gebhard Warth

Geographical research activities in Tübingen are concentrating on obtainment of a process-based knowlegde and on an understanding of landscape development and its interrelations with natural and anthropogenic factors. The focus lies on all processes that are relevant regarding space (geosphere) and respective mechanisms, which are important against the background of any research on “geo-resources” that again are central objects of geographical research in Tübingen. In consideration of relations and interactions of man and environment the work groups in physical and human geograpgy are closely working together.

WTM Engineers International GmbH (WTM)

Dipl.-Ing. Fritz Hilgenstock

Dr. Karl Morgen

WTM Engineers is an independent, owner-managed engineering company operating worldwide in all fields of the construction industry, especially buildings, infrastructure, industrials and hydraulic constructions. Alongside the head office in Hamburg, where the company was founded over 80 years ago, WTM has offices in Berlin, Munich and Copenhagen that are likewise working together and shaping the future.