Anna Plunkett is a lecturer in International Relations at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. She has just completed her PhD in the Department of War Studies, where she was awarded an ESRC studentship for her project ‘Opportunities and Obstructions: The Role of Local Elites in Creating Sub-National Variation within Nationally Led, Top-Down Regime Transitions’.
She holds an MA in Post-War Recovery Studies and a BA in Politics and Economics from the University of York. Alongside her academic work Anna has worked as a strategic consultant and human rights researcher within several post-conflict environments building capacity and sustainability within small organisations.
Her research focuses on the role of local elites as mediators and obstacles within nationally led regime transitions. She is interested in how the presence of such alternative authority structures impact communities’ experiences of national political processes. Her work has primarily focused on the ongoing regime transition processes and localised conflicts within Myanmar. She is presently working to develop a comparative study of local elites within post-conflict regime transitions.