Current members


Dr. Thi Kim Phung Dang

Head of GIST

Thi Kim Phung Dang is a lecturer at the Department of Sociology, and the Head of the Global Inquiries and Social Theory Research Group (GIST), Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam.

She was a fellow of Newton Mobility Grant (British Academy) with the project: Between Dark Heritages and Ecotourism: Post- colonial Ecologies in Vietnam. She is teaching the BSc courses Environment and Society, Environment and Development, and Project Design and Evaluation.

She also teaches the MSc courses Advanced qualitative analysis and Writing a scientific paper in the social sciences.

She holds a MSc degree in Management of Biological Diversity from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and MSc and PhD degrees in Policy and Management from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

She used to serve as a forestry expert at the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Tay Ninh province, Vietnam, and then as the Vice-Director of the National Park Lo Go Xa Mat, responsible for ecotourism and environmental education.

Her current research themes include governance, discourses, and the relationship between society and environment, and society and development. Her recent interest is the social impacts of tourism in Vietnam.

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Dr. Michelangelo Paganopoulos


Michelangelo Paganopoulos has a long-standing interest in interdisciplinary research in the Arts and Humanities. He is a graduate of the Film & TV Department of Glasgow University, followed by a doctorate in social anthropology taken at Goldsmiths, University of London.

As part of his research, he conducted fieldwork in two rival monasteries of Mount Athos, using both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis ("Land of the Virgin Mary: An Ethnography of Monastic Life on Mount Athos", CCA, Michelangelo has lectured in the courses of Anthropological Methods (Qualitative and Quantitative Research), Anthropology of Religion, Symbols & Symbolic Systems, General Principles of Anthropology, Introduction to Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths, Dept. of Anthropology. In addition to this, he has contributed to the curriculum and lectured on the course of Introduction to Film Studies in the Dept. of Education, Goldsmiths.  

As part of his involvement with professional anthropology, Michelangelo accepted the voluntary role of Membership Officer of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth for the brief period between 2014 to 2016. Michelangelo participated in a number of international conferences (RAI, ASA, EastBordNet, LSE European Institute) and has headed two ASA panels (ASA12 Jawaharlal Nehru University & ASA15 in Exeter University).

He recently edited the volume In-Between Fiction and Non-Fiction: Reflections on the Poetics of Ethnography in Literature and Film (Cambridge Scholars, 01 May 2018, ISBN 1527508331, 9781527508330). This collection of essays focuses on the interactive relations between fictional and non-fictional types of storytelling and their pragmatic impact on the formation of a world consciousness.

His journal publications in anthropology & cultural studies include papers on the formation of a Kantian world society and the relationship between art, technology, and social life.

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