Pham, Lien (2011). "The sociological dimensions of human capital theory: Re-imagining the ideology of international education" Paper presented at the 8th annual conference of the HDCA, 6-8 September 2011, the Hague, the Netherlands.

Using the findings from a case study of Vietnamese students studying at NSW universities in Australia, this paper presents insights into the sociological influences that stem from international students? social networks at home and abroad, and how they impact students? motivation and participation in their overseas education. It argues that social capital operates conjunctively and constitutively in the development of human capital and thus should be viewed as a mutual and composite construction and institution of human development. This paper presents an alternative ideology of international education as social empowerment for human flourishing that extend beyond economic means