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Anna Macdonald


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Academic Background

Anna's research interests include: political violence; transitional justice; law and social order; and the politics of humanitarian and state-building interventions, with a regional focus on east and central Africa. She is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa based at the London School of Economics (LSE). Anna is currently working on three research projects: the AHRC/ESRC funded Politics of Return project which examines cycles of violence, displacement and return in central Africa; the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID), where she is undertaking a project on the role and function of magistrates' courts in Uganda and South Africa (with Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock, at Edinburgh University); and the DFID-funded Conflict Research Programme, where she is researching ideas of public authority and legal pluralism in the horn of Africa. 

Prior to joining DEV, Anna was a research fellow in the International Development Department at the LSE (2013-2018). She has a PhD in War Studies from King's College London, an MSc in the Theory and History of International Relations from LSE and a BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Mar 2015

Master in Science, London School of Economics and Political Science

Award Date: 1 Sep 2005

Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Aug 2004

External positions

Senior Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science

18 Dec 2018 → …


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