Tien is currently PhD fellow at University of Houston. Her research topic is drought monitoring and assessment using remote sensing data and multi-basin hydrological models in Mekong region. At the same time, she is a researcher at the Danang Institute for Socio-Economic Development in Vietnam, where she leads a new research topic on urban drought resilience in the context of the city of Danang. Her research specialty is national and local environmental governance, particularly with respect to sustainable water management and application of remote sensing data. She also volunteered as assistant manager for Vietnam International Water Week, the bi-annual largest global water forum in Vietnam. In 2013, she completed a Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne in Australia.