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



Kim Jolliffe is an independent researcher, writer, and general resource person, specialising in security, development and humanitarian affairs in Myanmar. He has a particular focus on ethnic politics, local level governance and conflict dynamics, and various aspects of aid policy and practice, with the broad aim of contributing to peace, equality and rights for people affected by war.

Kim has worked in the region since 2007, particularly in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and with refugee and exile communities on its borders. He 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. Recent employers include The Asia Foundation, Saferworld, 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, he has conducted regular, extensive research in Myanmar in both state and non-state conflict-affected areas. His recent work has focused particularly on 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, Kim has been working primarily for The Asia Foundation, where he initiated and is managing the Social Services in Contested Areas Project. The project provides research-driven policy guidance for strengthening social service provision in areas where ethnic armed organisations and their networks are the primary service providers and/or control access. Kim has led the development of six policy papers for this series since 2014, including regular primary research, and has undertaken extensive dissemination through briefings and workshops with 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.