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Hà Nội, a Metropolis in the Making

Sylvie Fanchette

Part Two. The 2000s: Raising Hà Nội to the rank of metropolis

Chapter 6. Tomorrow’s city: territorial reforms and urban projects

S. Fanchette, C. Musil, P. Moustier et Nguyễn Thị Tân Lộc

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At the end of the 2000s, the Vietnamese government decided to accelerate Vietnam’s process of integration into globalisation and to give it a capital equal to its ambitions. It has enlarged the territory of the province-capital, funded a Master Plan for the construction of Hà Nội to 2030 with projections for 2050 and put a whole series of land and administrative reforms in place to give provinces the means to manage their own planning, ‘freeing up’ agricultural land to make it suitable for construction. Several financial reforms have aimed to ease foreign investment in this country in transition towards the market economy.

‘At the urban level, integration into globalisation manifests itself by a redevelopment of centres (with the advent of high-rise hyper-centres, indicators of urban modernity) and the structuring of the outskirts (new towns, large shopping centres, technological and industrial parks). As a consequence of this, fresh relationships develop between the centre and the p...


PhD in Geography from Paris 8 University and is authorised to supervise research. She has been conducting research at IRD since 1993 and is a member of UMR Ceped.
Her main research interests are the urbanisation process in densely populated rural areas and the conditions of population densification in the Nile and Red River Deltas. In Vietnam, she studies rural industrialisation and the peri-urbanisation process in the context of the Vietnamese capital’s metropolisation..

PhD in Urban Studies from Université Paris-Est and is an associate researcher at the Ipraus (Institut parisien de recherche: architecture, urbanistique et société).
From 2008 to 2010 he was Project Manager for the Institut des métiers de la ville in Hà Nội where he carried out his doctoral research. His research interests include urban planning and urban transportation in East and Southeast Asia, the role of public development aid stakeholders, and international expertise in Vietnamese and Laotian towns and cities.

PhD in Agricultural Economics from London University, and is authorised to supervise research. She has been a researcher at Cirad (Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique) since 1990 and Assistant Director of UMR Moisa (Marchés, organisations et stratégies d’acteurs) in Montpellier. Her research deals with the organisation and performance of food commodity chains supplying African and Asian cities.
From 2002 to 2009, she co-ordinated the research consortium Malica in Hà Nội and conducted several studies on the various kinds of distribution of agricultural products.

PhD in Anthropology from Australian National University. He is Director of the Department of Anthropology at Vietnam National University in Hà Nội.
His research deals with anthropology of development, rural industrialisation, and urbanisation in Vietnam. In particular he studies changes in land tenure, rural differentiations and land conflicts since economic liberalisation and their aggravation in the areas affected by metropolisation.

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