Prof. Ola Soderstrom, Professor of Social and Cultural Geography at the Institute of Geography, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, presented his recent research on public space policy in Hanoi, Vietnam.



Hanoi is an aspiring ‘world city’ in a country with the third growth in GPD in Asia and the most important urbanization rate in South-East Asia. In the context of this phase of intense urban development, public space has been neglected, commodified and partly privatized. As a consequence of different controversies regarding large developments in the city’s main park, this question has emerged in Hanoi’s public debate and led government authorities to transform their public space policy.