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



Kim Jolliffe is an independent researcher, writer, analyst and trainer, specialising in security, aid policy, and ethnic politics in Myanmar / Burma.

Kim has worked in the region for over eight years, particularly in state- and non- state-controlled regions in Myanmar and with refugee and exile communities on its borders. Kim has 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. He has an MA from King’s College, London’s War Studies Department.

For a full overview of his work history, see his Linkedin profile

In recent years, he has conducted regular, extensive research in Myanmar in both state and non-state areas in Karen (Kayin), Kachin, Mon, Kayah (Karenni), Shan and Rakhine (Arakan), looking particularly at ethnic armed conflict and governance by ethnic armed organisations, social service provision in areas of contested control, displacement and repatriation / return, the politics surrounding the multi-lateral peace process, and associated areas of international aid policy and practice.

In 2015-2016, he is working primarily for The Asia Foundation, developing research driven policy guidance for strengthening social service provision in areas of contested control, where ethnic armed organisations and their networks are often the primary service providers and/or control access.  He is leading the development of a series of policy papers and undertaking extensive dissemination through briefings and workshops with all local and international stakeholders.

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

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