Tea Circle highlights analyses, research, and opinions from students, faculty, and community members at the University of Oxford and beyond.

In addition to pieces posted by those listed below, Tea Circle also features regular “guest contributors” who are experts on Burma/Myanmar or on mainland Southeast Asia.


Mael Raynaud

Mael Raynaud is an analyst with 15 years experience researching Myanmar politics, society, conflict, and economy. He lives in Yangon, and works as a consultant.

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Liu Yun
Liu Yun

Liu Yun is an independent analyst based in China. He writes on Myanmar regularly. He can be reached at

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Joanna Dolińska

Joanna Dolińska is a PhD student at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw, and a multilingual, international consultant in the field of education and communication. She studied at the Universität Leipzig, University of Warsaw, Universität Duisburg-Essen and National University of Mongolia. Her main expertise lies in the regions of Inner and Southeast Asia.

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Thomas Dowling

Thomas Dowling is a Ph.D student with the University of Leicester. His primary research interests revolve around environmental security in Myanmar (particularly in the context of human security), viewed through the prism of securitisation theory. Thomas is also well-travelled in Myanmar, and lived in Taunggyi, Shan State for a short while. Previously, Thomas earned degrees in Ancient History (BA, MA; Bristol University) and International Security Studies (MA; Leicester University). Presently, Thomas lives in Daegu, South Korea, with his wife, baby, and Jack Russell.

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Aung Tun is a researcher in the area of economic governance and conflict resolution in Myanmar.