Jasmine Burnley

How external notions of “transition” contributed to Myanmar's political trajectory 2011-21.

Jasmine BurneySupervisors- Professor David Hudson and Dr Niheer Dasandi. 

Jasmine’s PhD research project examines the role played by economies of conflict in Myanmar’s political transition, a process interrupted by the sudden military coup in February 2021. Jasmine’s wider research interests include politics of development, political economy of humanitarian governance, and qualitative causal approaches to social science research methodologies.


  • MA in Social Research, Distinction, University of Birmingham, 2021 (ESRC Award).
  • MSc in Development Studies, Distinction; School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2005.
  • BSocSci in Political Science, First Class Honours, University of Birmingham, 2000.


Jasmine Burnley is a development professional with over 15 years’ experience in policy and management of development and humanitarian programmes, holding positions in Africa, Asia and Europe. Jasmine has worked across a range of sectors including responsible investment and economic justice, gender, governance and humanitarian emergencies.

For seven years, Jasmine was based in Myanmar, where she was Director of Policy for Oxfam, before moving to work for the United Nations Development Programme, as Head of the Secretariat responsible for coordinating the engagement of governments, international financial institutions and UN agencies with authorities in Myanmar. In 2020, Jasmine took up a Policy Leaders Fellowship at the European University Institute, Florence, and is now undertaking an ESRC awarded PhD at the International Development Department, University of Birmingham, supervised by Professor David Hudson and Dr Niheer Dasandi.

Conference Papers


Burnley, J. (2021) 'Absent Citizenship: A Case Study of the Rohingya' in Revocation of Citizenship: the New Policies of Conditional Membership, European University Institute Working Paper, Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies, Global Citizenship Observatory. European University Institute: Florence.  https://hdl.handle.net/1814/70213 also on the GLOBALCIT home page https://globalcit.eu/

Burnley, J., Dasandi, N., and Hudson, D. (January, 2019). The politics of consultation in donor-led reforms: The case of Myanmar’s investment law; Developmental Leadership Programme. University of Birmingham.

Burnley, J., and Gardener, D. Grimsditch, Mark. (2017), ‘Whose Crops, At What Price? Agriculture Investment in Myanmar.’ Oxfam: Oxford.

Brody, A., Burnley, J., and Poe Ei Phyu. (2016), ‘Political Gender Quotas: Key debate and values for Myanmar’. Oxfam and Institute of Development Studies: Oxford.

Burnley, J., Poe Ei Phyu., and Hilton, M. (2016), ‘A Case for Gender Responsive Budgeting in Myanmar.’ Oxfam: Oxford.

Gardener, D. Burnley, J. (2015), ‘Made in Myanmar: Entrenched poverty or decent jobs for garment workers?’ Oxfam: Oxford.

Burnley, J., and Donnelly, T. (2015), ‘Deepening Democracy in Myanmar: What role for public financial management in deepening social accountability and promoting legitimate governance?’ Oxfam: Oxford.

Burnley, J. (2014), ‘Riding the wave of reform: fast-tracking Myanmar’s future with good quality aid.’ Oxfam: Oxford.

Burnley, J. (2013), ‘A New Dawn for Equitable Growth: making the private sector work for small scale agriculture.’ Oxfam: Oxford.

Burnley, J. (2010), ‘The Making of the Seoul Development Consensus.’ Oxfam: Oxford.

Burnley, J. (2010), ‘21st Century Aid: Recognising Success and Tackling Failure.’ Oxfam: Oxford.


  • Working in Development
  • Global Development Challenges