Governance and Policy Research
a local think tank group of researchers
Researchers’ Republic Core Team
May Zin Thaw, founder and researcher at local think tank group, Researchers’ Republic based in Loikaw, Kayah State, and researcher at Urbanize (Urban and Regional Planning Policy Institute) in Myanmar. She’s a dual master’s degree graduate from United Nations-mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica. Her specializations are in Sustainable Natural Resource Management from UPEACE, Costa Rica, and in Political Science (Global Politics) from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. Her favorite field of research focuses on political economy, land governance, decentralization, federalism and peace, sustainable development, and tourism. Her works with several research institutes and local non-governmental organizations can be accessed online and several reports have been published.
Ah Kii (aka) Sumdu Ja Seng Roi is a researcher at Researchers’ Republic and a specialist in the drug addiction and harm reduction field based in Kachin State. She was awarded ‘Peace Youth Consultancy of UNFPA’ in 2018-2019, worked as a video editor for the communication department at Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement – Signatories Ethnic Armed Organizations Office (NCA-S EAO) in Yangon. She worked with prominent researchers and local and international journalists in Kachin State for almost a decade, specializing in drugs, and jade mining. She has been a consultant at Urbanize since October 2019 and has undertaken research in both southern/northern Shan State, Kayah State, Kachin State, Mandalay Region, and as well as in Nay Pyi Taw with the Urbanize. She is currently conducting research reports on drugs in Kachin State, Shan State, and Kayah State, focusing on production, trafficking, addiction, social consequences, legal framework, and medical, psychological, and social responses, for Urbanize and the Researchers’ Republic.