I am currently involved in an ARC Linkage Project "Southeast Asia's global economy, climate and the impact of natural hazards from the 10th to 21st centuries”, led by James Warren of Murdoch University. This project undertakes the first broad investigation of the impacts of climate-related and other natural hazards (typhoons, floods, drought, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions) on the economy, society and history of Southeast Asia from the 10th century to the present. The project has close links with the MCRI project (Canada) and aims to reconstruct spatial, temporal and social patterns in vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate variability and natural hazards. I have been reading and sorting through the data on Vietnam and the southern coast of China from 10th to the 19th centuries.
I have been granted an award by the Chiang Chingkuo Foundation (Taiwan) for an interdisciplinary project "The Making of the Red River" (2014–2017). The project will be carried out by historians, geologists and GIS experts in Australia, Vietnam, France and Austria.