Bayrak Mucahid Mustafa
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PERSONAL PROFILE
 
Mucahid Mustafa Bayrak obtained his PhD at the Department of Geography and Resource Management of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2015 and his MSc (cum laude) in International Development Studies at Utrecht University in 2010. He specialized in environmental governance and sustainable livelihoods in Vietnam and the Greater Mekong Subregion. Mucahid published in various outlets, and he presented his research in Hong Kong, China, USA, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and Australia, either as invited speaker or as a presenter. Furthermore, he has a great affinity with traveling, movies, and the geography of Southeast and Central Asia. He was previously affiliated with VU University Amsterdam, Hue University, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry, Tropenbos International Vietnam and the University of Sydney. Having lived in the Netherlands, Turkey, Hong Kong SAR, Vietnam, China and Australia, Mucahid has a rich international experience, and an ability to cross cultures with relative ease.

Mucahid is currently working as Assistant Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School.

Personal website: https://sites.google.com/site/mucahidcuhk/.

You can reach me by email: bayrak@hitsz.edu.cn or mmbayrak@link.cuhk.edu.hk
RESEARCH INTEREST
 
- Ecotourism and livelihoods;
- Social forestry;
- Environmental justice;
- Human and Political ecology;
- Indigenous peoples and land use;
- Forest conservation and Climate change;
- Minority studies;
- Institutions;
- Development studies;
- Migration and development;
- Rural development and livelihoods;
- Ecological anthropology;
- Vietnam, China, and the Greater Mekong Subregion;
- Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation programme (REDD+), Payment for Environmental Services (PES) and Benefit Sharing Mechanisms (BSM).
EDUCATION  
08/2011 – 12/2015
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
09/2009 – 08/2010
Master of Science (Cum Laude) in International Development Studies, Utrecht University
01/2008 – 06/2008
International Asian Studies Exchange Program, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
09/2005 – 04/2009
Bachelor of Science in Human Geography and Planning, Utrecht University
RESEARCH & WORK EXPERIENCE  
03/2016 – Present
Assistant Professor, School of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, China
09/2015 – 12/2015
Research Assistant, Institute of Future Cities, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
08/2011 – 08/2015
Teaching Assistant & Doctoral Candidate, Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
05/2014 – 08/2014
Visiting Scholar, Center for Scientific and Technology Incubations and Transfers, Hue University, Vietnam
09/2013 – 12/2013
Visiting Scholar, School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney, Australia
05/2013 – 08/2013
Visiting Scholar, Institute of Development Studies, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry, Vietnam
05/2012 – 08/2012
Visiting Scholar, Institute of Development Studies, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry, Vietnam
02/2011 – 08/2011
Lecturer, Elink Vietnam English Language Academy, Vietnam
10/2010 – 08/2011
Junior Lecturer, Athena Institute, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
01/2010 – 08/2010
Graduate Student & Intern, International Development Studies, Utrecht University and Tropenbos International Vietnam
08/2008 – 04/2009
Project Assistant and Intern, Center for International Cooperation Utrecht, The Netherlands
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION & ACADEMIC SERVICE
 
2014 – Present
Academic Reviewer: Annual Research & Review in Biology; Society & Natural Resources.
2014 – 2015
Departmental Duties: Postgraduate Student Representative (CUHK); Member Green Committee (CUHK).
2006 – 2014
Professional Certificates/Workshops:
2006: Trainings program on Market Research (Mobiel Centre Market Research);
2010: Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL);
2013: Sydney Southeast Asia Centre Academic Retreat (Sydney Uni.);
2014: Becoming an Excellent Teaching Assistant (CUHK);
2014: Communication Skills Workshop (CUHK);
2014: Observing Intellectual Property and Copyright Law during Research (CUHK);
2014: IT Proficiency Test (CUHK).
RESEARCH PROJECTS
03/2016 – Present
Short Term Research Award (STRA), Ministry of Education, Taiwan.
- Research on ecotourism and indigenous peoples in Taiwan.
- Hosted by National Taiwan Normal University.
01/2013 – 06/2014:
Adopting REDD+ for Conservation, Sustainable Community Livelihood and Climate Change Mitigation,
World Universities Network Research Development Fund.
- Research proposal written with Prof. Lawal M. Marafa (PI).
- The Research Grant was used for my PhD research, an academic conference in Hong Kong (see below), and field visits to Vietnam.
RESEARCH ACHIEVEMENT & AWARDS
2016
Short Term Research Award (STRA), Ministry of Education, Taiwan
2014
Zhongjian Dongfang Gao's Scholarship for Resource Management Study (Zhongjian Dongfang Holding Co., Ltd).
2014
Lion Dr. Francis K. Pan Scholarship (Faculty of Social Science, CUHK)
2013
Global Scholarship Program for Research Excellence (Graduate School, CUHK)
2011 – 2015
CUHK Research Postgraduate Student Grants for Overseas Academic Activities (Graduate School, CUHK)
2011 – 2015
Postgraduate Studentship at the Department of Geography and Resource Management (Graduate School, CUHK)
2011
Nominated for Marc de Smidt Best Geography Master-thesis Award (Utrecht University)
PATENT
   
PAPER & BOOK PUBLICATIONS
Refereed Journals
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Bayrak, M.M., Tran, T.N. and L.M. Marafa. 2014. Creating Social Safeguards for REDD+: Lessons Learned from Benefit Sharing Mechanisms in Vietnam. Land 3(3), 1037-1058.

Bayrak, M.M., Tran, T.N. and P. Burgers. 2013. Restructuring space in the name of development: the socio-cultural impact of the Forest Land Allocation Program on the indigenous Co Tu people in Central Vietnam. Journal of Political Ecology 20, 37-52.


Refereed Book Chapters
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Bayrak, M.M. and L.M. Marafa. 2015. The Role of Sacred Forests and Traditional Livelihoods in REDD+: Two Case Studies in Vietnam's Central Highlands. In: M. Cairns (ed.) Shifting Cultivation Policy: Trying to Get it Right. Oxon and New York: Earthscan, Routledge (forthcoming).

Bayrak, M.M., Tran, T.N. and P. Burgers. 2015. Formal and Indigenous Forest Management Systems in Central Vietnam: Implications and Challenges for REDD+. In: M. Cairns (ed.) Shifting Cultivation and Environmental Change: Indigenous People, Agriculture and Forest Conservation. Oxon and New York: Earthscan, Routledge, pp.319-334.

Tran, T.N. and M.M. Bayrak. 2014. Integrating REDD+ and customary forest management in Vietnam In: Broekhoven, G. and Wit, M. (eds.). Linking FLEGT and REDD+ to Improve Forest Governance. Wageningen, the Netherlands: European Tropical Forest Research Network and Tropenbos International, pp. 109 - 117.

Bayrak, M.M., Ha, V.T. and L. M. Marafa. 2013. Making REDD+ Local in Vietnam – The Dynamics and Challenges of a Pre-REDD+ Commune in Quang Tri, Vietnam. In: Marios, S., Chris, G., Le, T.T., and Nguyen, V.T. (eds.) Sustainable Built Environment: For Now and the Future. Hanoi: Construction Publishing House, pp. 597 – 604.


Policy Briefs
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Liem, D.T. and M.M. Bayrak. 2015. Lessons Learned From Forestland Allocation and Land Tenure Arrangements. Fauna & Flora International REDD+ Policy Brief #001, January 2015.


Conference Proceedings
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Bayrak, M.M. and L. M. Marafa. 2014. Changing the indigenous landscape of the Co Tu people in Vietnam. Proceedings of the International Conference on “Transforming Societies: Contestations and Convergences in Asia and the Pacific”, Chiang Mai University and the Asia Pacific Sociological Association, Thailand.


Dissertations
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Bayrak, M.M. 2015. Rethinking Livelihoods, Forest Governance and Socio-ecological Systems: The State of REDD+ in Vietnam. PhD Dissertation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Proquest: Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Supervision: Prof. Lawal M. Marafa & Prof. Ng Sai Leung.

Bayrak, M.M. 2010. Changing Indigenous Cultures through Forest Management. Case Study: Co Tu People in Central Vietnam. Master thesis, Utrecht University. Published on the website of Utrecht University, Tropenbos International and Journal of the Vietnamese Environment.
Supervision: Dr. Paul Burgers.
CONFERENCE PAPERS/TALKS
 
Invited Speaker
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2016: Rethinking Livelihoods, Forest Governance and Socio-ecological Systems: The State of REDD+ in Vietnam, Faculty of Forestry, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry, Vietnam.

2015: Rethinking Livelihoods, Forest Governance and Socio-ecological Systems: The State of REDD+ in Vietnam, Tropenbos International Vietnam.

2015: Forest Governance, Livelihoods, and REDD+ in Vietnam, Centre for Climate Study in Central Vietnam, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry, Vietnam.

2015: Forest Governance Trends in Vietnam: Micro, Meso and Macro Perspectives on the Roles of Indigenous Communities, The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

2013: Environmental Governance of Forests in South East Asia, Thinking Space Geography Seminars, The University of Sydney, Australia.

2013: Forest Governance and Research in Vietnam, Workshop for North-Central Vietnam Forestry Science and Production Center, Vietnam.

Co-organizer
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2013: International Conference on “Adopting REDD+ for Conservation, Sustainable Community Livelihood and Climate Change Mitigation”, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Worldwide Universities Network and International Union of Forest Research Organizations, Hong Kong.

2010: Workshop on “Forest Management and Governance in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam”, organized by Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry and Tropenbos International Vietnam, Nam Dong District, Vietnam.

2008: International Conference on “Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Remittances”, COS Utrecht, OXFAM Novib, AfroEuro and International Centre for Migration Policy Development, The Netherlands.

Presenter
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2016: Roles of Rural Communities and Smallholders in REDD+ and Community-Based Forest Management: A Case of Vietnam, the 33rd International Geographical Congress, Beijing, China (forthcoming).

2015: Low-Carbon Livelihoods and Community-Based Ecotourism in Vietnam, International Conference on “Sustainable Tourism and Resilient Communities”, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2015: Rural livelihoods, forest conservation and REDD+ in Vietnam, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA.

2014: Critical factors in community-based forest management and REDD+ implementation, The 3rd MSSRC International Conference on “Mekong Region and ASEAN in Transition: People and Transborder Issues”, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand.

2014: Changing the indigenous landscape of the Co Tu people in Vietnam, International Conference on “Transforming Societies: Contestations and Convergences in Asia and the Pacific”, Chiang Mai University and the Asia Pacific Sociological Association, Thailand.

2014: Benefit Sharing Mechanisms in Central Vietnam: What are the lessons learned for REDD+?, REDD+ Symposium on “Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals in Tropical Forests”, University of Hyogo, Japan.

2013: Localizing REDD+ in Central Vietnam, International Conference on “Adopting REDD+ for Conservation, Sustainable Community Livelihood and Climate Change Mitigation”, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Worldwide Universities Network and International Union of Forest Research Organizations, Hong Kong.

2013: Making REDD+ Local in Vietnam – The Dynamics and Challenges of a Pre-REDD+ Commune in Quang Tri, Vietnam, International Conference on “Sustainable Built Environment for Now and the Future”, National University of Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast and Loughborough University, Vietnam.
TEACHING/SUPERVISING EXPERIENCE
03/2016 – Present: Assistant Professor, School of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School
Planned courses on undergraduate and graduate level:
- State and Governance
- Environmental Governance in Southeast and East Asia
- Corruption in the Environmental Sector
- Research Methods in the Social Sciences
08/2011 – 08/2015: Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Undergraduate level:
- Natural Resource Management (Spring 2012, 2013, 2014);
- Sustainable Development (Fall 2013, 2014);
- Geography of China (Spring 2012);
- Geomorphology (Fall 2013);
- Natural Hazards and Human Responses (Spring 2014);
- Population and Migration (Fall 2014);
- Resource Issues in the Age of Globalization (Spring 2014).
02/2011 – 08/2011: Lecturer, Elink Vietnam English Language Academy
Language course:
- English as a Foreign Language (Spring 2011).
10/2010 – 11/2011: Junior Lecturer, Athena Institute, VU University Amsterdam
Graduate level:
- Bioethics (Fall 2010);
- Master Thesis Co-supervision (Spring 2011).
Updated:2016-03