Hi, and welcome to my site. I am an independent researcher supporting peace, security and rights in Myanmar and the wider region.
I have worked in the region since 2007, mostly in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and with refugee and exile communities on its borders. All my work aims to contribute to peace, equality and rights for people affected by war, and is based on a commitment to promoting locally owned initiatives, institutions and 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 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.
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 governance and reform, forced migration and repatriation / return, ceasefires and the 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.