Anna Macdonald


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Anna's research focuses on political violence; transitional justice; law and social order; displacement and migration; and the politics of humanitarian and state-building interventions, with a regional focus on east and central Africa. She is particularly interested in the relationship between authoritarianism, law, and justice at multiple levels, from the global, to the local. 

Prior to embarking on a PhD, Anna spent time working as a researcher and policy adviser on foreign and defence policy and international development policy, firstly in London at the Institute for Public Policy Research and subsequently in Brussels, as a researcher at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and later at the International Development Committee in the European Parliament. 

Anna is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa based at the London School of Economics (LSE). Her research has been funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, the AHRC, the ESRC, the UK Department for International Development and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Anna is currently co-Investigator on the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID), which conducts interdisciplinary research to strengthen knowledge about how governance functions in impoverished and marginalised places across the world.

She is co-editor of Humanitarianism: A Dictionary of Concepts (Routledge 2018) and her research has most recently been published in Africa, Development and Change, the International Journal of Transitional Justice, the Journal of Refugee Studies, African Affairs, and is forthcoming in Law and Society Review

Anna is currently a co-director of research in the School of International Development (DEV). 

Academic Background

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 Development 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

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