Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre is delighted to announce that Gray Brakke, a graduand in the MSc programme in Urbanisation and Development (Department of Geography and Environment), has won the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre Postgraduate Dissertation Prize on Southeast Asia for 2021.
His dissertation entitled: Ambivalent Insurgencies: Citizenship, Land Politics, and Development in Hanoi and Its Periurban Fringe examined the Vietnamese state and urban citizenship focusing on the city of Hanoi.
Read Gray's blog post on the challenges of conducting his dissertation fieldwork remotely in the LSE Fieldwork Research Methods Lab Blog here.
I'm humbled to receive this award, especially after such a challenging academic year coping with lockdown. I am deeply indebted to my interviewees for sharing their insights with me and to SEAC for supporting me with the Student Dissertation Fieldwork Grant—as well as its flexibility with how I could utilise it during these uncertain times. Thank you so much to SEAC and the reviewers for the honour!