Nhung Vu

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School: The Business School
Position: Lecturer
Location: RMIT Saigon South
Email: nhung.vuthihong@rmit.edu.vn
ORCID:  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0539-7938

Dr. Nhung Vu is a lecturer in Economics at RMIT Vietnam, specialising in Economics, Quantitative Analysis, and Finance. She brings over two decades of academic experience, having previously held teaching positions at Can Tho University in Vietnam, the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and the Vietnamese-German University. Her expertise lies in imparting complex economic concepts and analytical skills to students across diverse cultural backgrounds.

  • PhD in Economics, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • MPhil International Economics and Business, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • MSc BA (Finance), University of Groningen, Netherlands


  • Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Laboratory and Field Experiments
  • Impact evaluation
  • Gender
  • Microfinance

Research Cluster:

  • Development Economics and Emerging Markets
  • Sustainable Development

  • 2023 - Adopting blockchain-based traceability in the fruit supply chain in a developing economy: facilitators and barriers. Information Technology & People (with Yap, Teck Lee, Rajkishore Nayak, Duy Tung Bui, Thi Thu Tra Pham, and Darcy WE Allen) (Q1 Scimago - A )
  • 2023 - Entrepreneurs' gender and small business going green.  International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research 29, no. 7,  1720-1739 (with Nguyen, Bach, Han Lin) (Q1 Scimago - B ) 
  • 2023 - Application of the sustainable system-of-systems approach and econometric analysis to address China's decarbonization problem. Ergonomics just-accepted (with Teck Lee Yap; and Paul H. P. Yeow) (Q1 – Scimago)
  • 2023 - How much do cohesive and diversified networks improve financial access for small businesses? Applied Economics, 55(4), 380-396. (with Chau Le) (A - Q2 Scimago)
  • 2019 - Impacts of the gender and entrepreneurship together ahead (GET Ahead) training on empowerment    of female microfinance borrowers in Northern Vietnam. World Development, 120, 46-61. (with Huis, Marloes, Robert Lensink, and Nina Hansen) (A - Q1 Scimago)
  • 2018 - Do microfinance institutions benefit from integrating financial and nonfinancial services? Applied Economics, 50(21), 2386-2401. (with Robert Lensink, Roy Mersland, & Stephen Zamore) (A - Scimago)
  • 2017 - Do gender and business trainings affect business outcomes? Experimental evidence from Vietnam. Management Science, 63(9), 2885-2902. (with Erwin Bulte & Robert Lensink) (A* - Q1 Scimago)
  • 2016 - Gender training and female empowerment: Experimental evidence from Vietnam. Economics Letters, 145, 117-119. (with Erwin Bulte & Robert Lensink) (A - Q2 Scimago)

  • Influence of network on small and medium enterprises’ performance in Vietnam ( 2017, Principal Investigator, funded by Can Tho University, Vietnam)
  • Business and economics training on students’ willingness to compete and confidence: Evidence from economic experiments ( 2016, Principal Investigator, funded by Can Tho University, Vietnam)
  • The impact of gender and business training for female microfinance clients in Vietnam (2011-2015, Co-Principal Investigator, funded by 3ie open window 3, with Robert Lensink and Erwin Bulte) http://www.3ieimpact.org/en/evidence/impact-evaluations/details/288/

  • One of five selected partipants who won the grant to join the final round of Publishing Workshop in Leicester University, United Kingdom funded by British Academy in June, 2019. 
  • Best research paper presented at the 2nd Vietnam's Business and Economics Research Conference (VBER 2018), Vietnam.
  • Best research paper presented at the 10th Vietnam Economist Annual Meeting (VEAM 2017), Banking University, Vietnam, August 2017.
  • Excellent Young Researcher, Can Tho University, Vietnam, 2017. 

  • 2022 - Present: Consultant on Women Empowerment at the Center of Women Development, under the Vietnamese Women's Union. Focuses on initiatives and strategies to promote gender equality and enhance women's roles in societal development.
  • 2022: Consultant on Microfinance for the Social Life Institution.
  • December 2015 - January 2016: Worked as a Financial Analyst for the Impact Evaluation Project of Strengthening Social and Financial Performance of the Mekong Organization of Microfinance. This project aimed to position the organization as a leading MFI in the Mekong Region, funded by the Norwegian Mission Alliance and operating under the Tien Giang Capital Aid Fund for Women Economic Development.
  • May - June 2015: Engaged as a Consultant for the final evaluation of the Child-centered Climate Resilience Program, managed by International Plan and Save the Children in Thai Nguyen, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, and Tien Giang provinces, Vietnam.
  • April - May 2015: Served as a Consultant for the final evaluation of the Climate Smart Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction in the Mekong Project. This was a collaboration between the Australian Red Cross, German Red Cross, and Vietnam Red Cross in Kien Giang and An Giang provinces, Vietnam.

  • Oct 2020 – Present: Lecturer in Economics and Finance, Department of Economics and Finance, The Business School, RMIT University, Vietnam.
  • 2018 – Sept 2020: Senior Lecturer in Finance, Faculty of Economics and Management, Vietnamese–German University, Vietnam.
  • December 2014 - 2017: Lecturer, College of Economics, Can Tho University, Vietnam.
  • 2013-2014: Researcher and Lecturer, Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • 2009 - 2014: PhD Candidate and Lecturer in Finance, Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • 2007 - 2008: Lecturer, School of Economics and Business Administration, Can Tho University, Vietnam.
  • 2002-2005: Lecturer, School of Economics and Business Administration, Can Tho University, Vietnam.