The above objectives will be pursued in terms of three research questions:
- What are the main challenges faced by diverse groups of rural-urban migrants in Hanoi and how can these be overcome?
- How does official policy address the challenges faced by rural-urban migrants and how effective is its implementation?
- What is the role of civil society organisations in addressing the needs of rural-urban migrants, particularly women?
The project will employ a mixed methodology designed to capture both quantitative and qualitative dimensions of the research problematic. It will be cross-sectional, rather than longitudinal, albeit designed to facilitate follow-up in the form of further panel studies.
The research approach is based on the principles of engaged research, investigating an issue of pressing public importance in collaboration with community partners. Close engagement with policy-makers at all stages of the project will ensure policy relevance and maximise potential policy impact. Central to the project is the building of capacity for research and engagement amongst the two university partners and civil society stakeholders. UCC offers extensive international experience of development research and policy analysis, whereas USSH-VNU offers in-depth understanding of the local context, including social conditions and the policy environment. Close collaboration with civil society stakeholders in design and implementation of the research, and in formulation of policy recommendations, will create rich opportunities for learning and further build the capacity of all participants to engage effectively in development research and policy analysis.