Le Viet Phu

Senior researcher, Lower Mekong Public Policy Initiative

Fulbright Economics Teaching Program


Dr. Le Viet Phu joined LMPPI at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam in November 2014. Dr. Phu’s main area of research includes climate change and impacts on the coupled nature-human system. He is currently working on various emerging environmental problems facing Viet Nam such as the economic impact of groundwater extraction and sea level rises in the Mekong delta, and climate change in the Lower Mekong Basin. He is also an instructor of sustainable development and environmental policy, and quantitative methods at the Fulbright school. Phu received his doctoral degree in environmental economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2013. In his dissertation, he studied the impact of temperatures and extreme weather on crop yields and land-use change in the United States. He obtained a master's degree in development economics from the Australian National University in 2004, and a bachelor's degree in economics from the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi in 2000.