Lisa Drummond is Associate Professor of Urban Studies at York University. After living and working in Hanoi, Vietnam in the early 1990s, she completed a degree in Human Geography at the Australia National University and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the National University of Singapore. Professor Drummond's research focuses primarily on urban social life in Vietnam, including analyses of popular culture, specifically in television serials and women's magazines, women's roles in Vietnamese society, and the application of western concepts such as public and private to the use of space in Vietnamese cities. Her publications include several co-edited books, including Consuming Urban Culture in Contemporary Vietnam, with Mandy Thomas, and Gender Practices in Contemporary Vietnam, with Helle Rydstrom. In 2008-2009, Professor Drummond was on a Faculty of Arts Research Leave working on a book based on my research in public space in Hanoi from the French colonial period to the present. Her next project will focus on Hanoi during the Subsidy Era, 1954-1985.
Keywords: Urban social life; popular culture; women's roles; private and public use of space of Vietnamese cities; Vietnam