Christophe Gironde is a lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. His main domains for teaching/training and research are agrarian change, livelihoods and human development. He received his Ph.D. in development studies from the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (IUED/University of Geneva) in 2001. His thesis analyses the restoration and transformation of the household economy in rural Vietnam (1985-2000). He has extensive field research experience in rural Vietnam and Cambodia, and previously in the Republic of Congo and Burundi. Before joining the Institute in 2004, he worked as a researcher in Norway (Fafo, International Studies) and lived two years in Vietnam (1996-97) in the frame of his doctoral thesis.