Inequalities between peri-urban and urban areas in urbanization process of Ho Chi Minh City: An urban political-ecology perspective


Thanks to the implementation of Vietnam’s economic renovation or ‘Doi Moi’ policy since 1986, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) urban has grown quickly. However, this also leads to an increase in inequality. Its peri-urban area, which undergoes a higher level of urbanization than an urban area, faces more problems such as land-use change, inadequate development process, unequal allocation of services and investment, and ignorance of environmental protection and cultural preservation. These impacts show inequality in standards of living between residents of the two areas. Using the framework of the Peri-Urban Political-Ecology, this paper aims to depict a general picture of the situation and analyse the causes of social inequalities between these two areas in terms of economy, public services, and the environment through “everyday practices” (i.e., events, problems, stories, etc.). The paper uses HCMC’s statistical data in the 2015-2017 periods and research findings from previous studies. The results show that the main causes in inequalities between these two areas are the inevitability of urban metabolism and the unequal power interaction among the state, society and market.

Ho Chi Minh City Open University Journal of Science, 8(1)2018, pp. 48-67, DOI:10.46223/HCMCOUJS.soci.en.
Thuy Doan
Thuy Doan
Post-doctoral Fellow in Environmental Sustainability

Thuy Doan is an independent and detail-oriented economics researcher with demonstrated abilities in empirical analysis. Skilled in applied econometrics and programming. Focused on energy and climate issues, especially topics of energy conservation, extreme weather, and natural gas market.