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Dr Huong Nguyen

Academic Manager, Graduate Research and Research Training
PhD, The University of Melbourne, Australia; Master of Education (Management), The University of Melbourne, Australia


Dr Huong Nguyen’s research focus is higher education policy, leadership, and management, speciliased in strategic research leadership and development, career management and employability of doctoral graduates, academic staff, middle level academic mangers, and university leaders, and doctoral education policies. Her high-quality research and subject-matter expertise has been widely recognized. She has published in highly regarded journals including Higher Education and Studies in Higher Education and serves on one the editorial board of the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. Dr Nguyen has extensive experience in teaching leadership and innovation in multiple higher education contexts. In Australia, she led the development and delivery of two new interdisciplinary core units in the innovative inter-disciplinary Graduate Certificate of Research and Innovation Management, Swinburne’s strategic course that aims to enhance PhD graduates’ project management and employability skills. In Vietnam, as one of the youngest female Deans, managing a 130-staff faculty at Hanoi University of Industry, she effectively developed the English degree program for 90 English-majored students and innovated the English language teaching programs for 30,000 non-English majored students. Dr Nguyen earned a Master’s degree in Educational Management (2008–2009) sponsored by the Australian Government’s Leadership Awards, and a PhD degree in Higher Education Policy and Management (2010–2014), both from the University of Melbourne. She founded and lead iVANet-RDP, an online community that has connected PhD qualified Vietnamese with thousands of young Vietnamese research students. She is passionate about human development, especially interested in women empowerment and capacity building.

Research interests

higher education; gender studies; culture; strategy; human resources management; research commercialization; organizational development; university-business collaboration/engagement; university research capacity building; research management; research collaboration; doctoral education; graduate employability; research engagement

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

1. Research Policy and Management: Any research projects that examine any issues related to research policy and management, e.g. capacity building for industry-engaged research, research commercialization, research collaboration at an organizational and national level.

2. University management: Any projects that examine any issues related to university management, e.g. similarities and differences between university and business/public organization management; gaps between ‘ideal’ and existing university management practices.

3. Human Resources Development: Any projects that examine any issues related to human resources development, e.g. training needs, career development, career transition, career advancement

4. Gender Equality and Women Empowerment: Any projects that examine any issues related to gender equality and women empowerment, particularly in an educational context

5. Business schools: Management of business schools, particularly knowledge building in a developing country context 


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Higher Education - 130103
  • Educational Administration, Management And Leadership - 130304
  • Human Resources Management - 150305

Teaching areas

Introduction to Management;Organizational Behaviour;Sustainable Organizational Design;Business Communication;Project Management for Research;Creativity and Innovation in Research


  • 2019, National, ARMS Annual Conference, People’s Choice Concurrent Session Prize, Australasian Research Management Society, Australia
  • 2018, National, ARMS-NCURA Fellowship, the Australasian Research Management Society, Australia
  • 2010, Other, The John and Elizabeth Robertson Prize for most meritorious research essay in the 2009 Master of Education, The University of Melbourne
  • 2010, Other, Studentship, LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management, The University of Melbourne
  • 2010, Other, Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship and Melbourne International Research Scholarship, The University of Melbourne
  • 2009, National, Certificate of Merit, Exemplary Overseas Vietnamese Student at The University of Melbourne, Australia, Vietnam Foundation for Supporting Young Talents
  • 2008, International, Endeavour Executive Awards (not taken), Australia Government
  • 2008, International, Australian Leadership Awards, Australia Government
  • 2005, Other, Certificate of Merit, Institutional-level best staff of the academic year 2004 – 2005, Hanoi University of Industry
  • 2002, Other, Third Prize, Teaching Competition for Excellent Teachers, Hanoi Education and Training Department.
  • 1998, Other, Honored Student, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, College of Foreign Languages

Professional memberships

  • 2020 - 2022: Board Member, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, Australia
  • 2014 (current): Member, ISPIM International Society for Professional Innovation Management, Norway
  • 2014 (current): Member, Academy of Management, United States
  • 2016 (current): Member, Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management, Australia
  • 2016 (current): Reviewer, AOM Annual Meetings , United States
  • 2012 (current): Reviewer, Higher Education , Netherlands
  • 2015 (current): Reviewer, Studies in Higher Education, United Kingdom
  • 2016 (current): Reviewer, Journal of higher education policy and management, Australia
  • 2016 (current): Member, the Australasian Research Management Society, Australia


Also published as: Nguyen, Huong; Huong Nguyen, T. L.; Nguyen, H. T. L.; Nguyen, Huong T. L.; Nguyen, Huong Thi Lan; Nguyen, T. L. H.; Nguyen, T. L. Huong; Nguyen, Thi Lan Huong
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2015: Barriers to and facilitators of female academic promotions in Australian and Malaysian higher education institutions: an exploratory comparative case study *; Melbourne-Sarawak Research Collaboration Scheme

* Chief Investigator