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.


Pia Jolliffe

Dr Pia Jolliffe is since 2013 a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. Her latest book Learning, Migration and Intergenerational Relations. The Karen and the Gift of Education (Palgrave, June 2016) analyses the role of education in the lives of the Karen people in Myanmar, Thailand and the UK.
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Diana N. Huynh

Diana N. Huynh is an interdisciplinary student of the built environment, currently doing her M.Phil in Architecture & Urban Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on urban development and planning in Yangon. Prior to her M.Phil she worked in Myanmar as an intern at the Royal Norwegian Embassy.
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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 in Oriental Studies at the University of Warsaw, where she researches Central Asian languages. She studied at the University of Warsaw, Universität Leipzig, Universität Duisburg-Essen and National University of Mongolia. Dolińska previously worked with the Thabyay Education Foundation in Myanmar and is currently a consultant in educational development with GIZ Myanmar. She can be reached at:
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Jesse Hartery

Jesse Hartery is completing a joint degree in common law (LL.B.) and civil law (B.C.L.) at McGill University. He is a Research Assistant to Professor Johanne Poirier (the Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism) and a Judicial Law Clerk at the Superior Court of Québec. He has previously worked in the Crown Law Office at the Ministry of the Attorney General of the Province of Ontario. He holds an Honours B.A. in History and a Minor in Asian Studies from the University of Ottawa. View all posts by Jesse Hartery

Hsu Myat Thazin was born and raised in Myanmar. She is an undergraduate student from National University of Singapore, majoring in Economics. She owns a clothing line ‘Fashmob’ and is currently interning at a private equity firm in Yangon.

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