DTU and UON ISII host Writing Retreat

Between 10th-12th July 2023, Duy Tan University (DTU) hosted the SILKEN Vietnam Academic Writing Retreat at their campus in Da Nang in central Viet Nam, in partnership with the University of Northampton’s Institute for Social Innovation and Impact (UON ISII). 

Attendees were hosted at Duy Tan’s in the library of the new campus building in Da Nang downtown,  in order to ensure a supportive, constructive , and quiet working environment. The workshop was led by Nguyen Thi Lan Anh (DTU), Bui Le Anh Phuong (DTU), Huynh Thi Thuc Uyen (DTU) and Richard Hazenberg (UON ISII), and focused on supporting academic colleagues from across the SILKEN network with work on journal papers.

There were 11 participants in total with nine paper abstracts submitted from scholars joining the team from Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF) in Hanoi, University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) Ho Chi Minh City, and also from DTU itself. The retreat involved workshop sessions focused on academic writing skills, publishing strategies and dealing with journal reviewer comments and revision requests. Professor Hazenberg also met with the participants individually to work through their papers with them and provide feedback on the content.

Moving forwards beyond the Writing Retreat, the attendees are all committed to finishing their papers and submitting them for publication, and continuing their dialogue together for writing groups that will aim to meet regularly to offer support and peer review to all scholars. The SILKEN Vietnam network will be tracking these papers and will bring links to published output on the website as it appears. 

What has been clear from the event has been the depth and quality of the research into social innovation taking place across the SILKEN partners, which will make exciting contributions to the field moving forwards.

The DTU team also ensured that there was plenty of time for informal networking and discussions, with visits to local Vietnamese restaurants in Da Nang on the evenings, as well as a cultural field trip to Hoi An on the evening of the 11th.  Everyone left the three day workshop having significantly developed their papers, as well as learning more about Da Nang and each other’s research.

The UON ISII team would like to thank all the SILKEN Vietnam partners and especially those from USSH, DTU and TUAF, for making this visit successful!

Dr. Hazenberg’s presentation on writing and publishing social innovation research may be downloaded here. For other resources related to the SILKEN Vietnam project, see our Resources page here.