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 currently in Oxford, 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.




Mael Raynaud

Mael Raynaud is an analyst with 15 years experience researching Myanmar politics, society, conflict, and economy. He is the Political Information Program Director at the Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (EMReF) in Yangon:

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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 at the University of Warsaw where she carries out research on Altaic languages. She studied at the University of Warsaw, Universität Leipzig, Universität Duisburg-Essen and National University of Mongolia. Ms Joanna Dolińska covered the role of the first academic coordinator of the Kant Kaw School of Interpretation and Translation in Myanmar and currently works in the sector of educational development in Myanmar. She can be reached at:

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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.