Mirjam Le is a PhD student in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Passau, Germany. She received her undergraduate degree in International Cultural and Business Studies and her Master in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Passau, Germany. Following a year at GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), she joined the faculty at Passau in 2012. From October 2015 until October 2020, Mirjam Le worked as research assistant and lecture at the Chair of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Passau.
At the moment, she writes her PhD thesis on peri-urban space in Vietnam and works as freelancer.
Due to several field researches in Vietnam (Soc Trang, Buon Ma Thuot and Tam Ky), she has significant knowledge in qualitative research. Her last fieldwork in 2014/2015 was granted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Her research interests involve development studies, urbanization and peri-urbanization. She is interested in state-society relation in Vietnam, and processes of self-organization, urban porosity and negotiation concerning urban resources.
Her PhD thesis focuses on small town urbanization in Vietnam, and the impact of the production of urban space and urban self-organization on state-society relations and the formation of an urban citizenship in Vietnam.