PhD Candidate, SOAS
MA International Development: Poverty, Conflict & Reconstruction, Manchester University
BSc Mathematics, Cardiff University
Research Interests: Youth, Non-state armed groups, state formation and state-building, conflict, displacement, refugee situations, INGO interventions in conflict situations, human rights
Sylvia's doctoral research focuses on roles of youths in the Karen National Union - a non-state armed group in Burma. She is particularly interested in the non-military roles in non-state groups with political authority - youth leadership training, work in welfare wings and methods of mobilising mass civilian support for the group. Her research involves cross-cutting themes of state-building, borderlands and INGO interventions involving non-state armed groups.
Southeast Asia; Burma/Myanmar