Independent researcher specialising in security, development and humanitarian affairs in Myanmar



Hi, and welcome to my site. I am an independent researcher, writer, and resource person, specialising in security, development and humanitarian affairs in Myanmar. All my work aims to contribute to peace, equality and rights for people affected by war, with a commitment to promoting local initiatives, institutions and dedicated individuals. I have a particular focus on ethnic politics, local level governance, the security sector and conduct of warfare, and various aspects of international aid policy and practice.

I have worked in the region since 2007, particularly in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and with refugee and exile communities on its borders. I have written policy guidance, provided training and assisted programmes for local civil society and community-based groups, UN and other intergovernmental bodies, INGOs, research institutions, security think tanks and analysis firms. I have an MA from King’s College, London’s War Studies Department. Recent employers include Saferworld, The Asia Foundation, Covenant, IHS Jane’s, UNHCR, World Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, Danchurch Aid, Oxfam, and Control Risks, among others.

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In recent years, I have conducted regular, extensive research in Myanmar in both state and non-state conflict-affected areas. My recent work has focused particularly on governance and social service delivery by ethnic armed organisations, security sector management and reform, displacement, forced migration and repatriation / return, the politics surrounding the multi-lateral peace process, and associated areas of international aid policy and practice.

I have written articles for IHS Jane’s, Asia Times Online, Journal of Contemporary Southeast Asia Studies, Forced Migration Review, Frontier Myanmar, The Irrawaddy, The Myanmar Times, Mizzima News and the Democratic Voice of Burma, Oxford Tea Circle, Foreign Policy in Focus, US Institute for Peace Blog, SEA Globe, The Risky Shift, among others.

I worked as a film-maker and media trainer in the past, having co-produced, shot and edited documentary films and TV packages for numerous TV and online video outlets.