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PhD Candidate, Department of War Studies, King's College London

Anna is a final year doctoral researcher at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Her work 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 and create subnational variation within regime transitions.

She received her BA in Politics and Economics from the University of York, before receiving a scholarship to continue her studies at York with an MA in Post-War Recovery. She was the recipient of the Guido Galli Award, coming top of her MA cohort both in her dissertation and overall performance. Her primary interests include conflict and democracy at the sub-national level, understanding how various political orders are impacted by transitions at the sub-national level.

Anna’s main area of focus is Myanmar’s ethnic borderlands and ongoing conflicts in the region. She has previously worked as a human rights researcher focusing on military impunity and its impact on the community in Myanmar. Over the past few years, she has worked on several large research projects and has conducted field research evaluating Bosnia’s post-war recovery twenty years after the Dayton Peace Accords. She works as a strategic consultant and trainer with NGOs and CSOs in South East Asia building capacity and sustainability within small organisations.

Anna started at Strife as a Senior Editor. She has worked her way up through Co-Ordinating and Managing Editor on Strife Journal. Over the past year she has welcomed the opportunity to lead the organisation as Editor in Chief, and is proud to have founded the Women in Writing and BA Internships Programme.

You can follow her @AnnaBPlunkett or find her on LinkedIn


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    PhD Candidate, Department of War Studies, King's College London
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