Justine Chambers

Justine Chambers

Lecturer and Research Scholar


Doctor of Philosophy, Anthropology, Australian National University
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Room: 3.256
Building: HC Coombs Building

Dr Justine Chambers is a lecturer and research scholar in the Department of Anthropology, School of Culture, History and Languages, College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. She is also Associate Director of the Myanmar Research Centre and the co-convenor of the 2019 Myanmar Update. She is a social-cultural anthropologist whose ethnographic research primarily focuses on Myanmar’s Karen people. Her research interests include understandings of morality and ethics, ethnic conflict, communal violence, land tenure, youth, migration and debt. Justine also holds an MA in Development Studies and spent some years before her PhD working with refugee populations from Myanmar in Thailand and Australia.

** Peer Reviewed Publications**

•Chambers, J. 2019. ‘Enacting Morality on Shifting Moral Ground: Young Plong Karen Women in Southeastern Myanmar.’ The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 20(3): 261-77.

•Chambers, J. 2019. ‘Towards a Moral Understanding of Karen State’s Paradoxical Buddhist Strongmen?’ Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 34 (2): 258-89.

•Chambers, J and Cheesman, N. 2019. ‘Introduction: Coming to Terms with Moral Authorities in Myanmar’ Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 34 (2): 231-57.

•Chambers, J., McCarthy, G, Farrelly, N., and Chit Win (Eds.). 2018. Myanmar Transformed? People, Places and Politics (Singapore: ISEAS).

•Chambers, J., Gravers, M., Walton, M (Ed.). Forthcoming. Ceasefire Aspirations and Anxieties Among the Karen in Myanmar (Copenhagen: NIAS Press).

You can find her writing and commentary on Myanmar and Karen state in outlets including New Mandala, Nikkei Asian Review, The Myanmar Times and Oxford's Tea Circle.

Book Review: The Politics of Aid to Burma: a Humanitarian Struggle on the Thai-Burmese Border (Décobert, 2016)

HLP-Rights Based Assessment of Customary Land Dispute Resolution in Eastern Bago Region and Kayin and Shan States, w/ Butta, S. (Yangon, Myanmar: British Council).

Unpicking an (A)moral Anthropological Stance: Ongoing Violence in Myanmar

Buddhist extremism, despite a clampdown, spreads in Myanmar

The Karen in 2017: Resilience, Aspirations and Politics

Optimism and Despair in Myanmar

In Myanmar's Karen State, People Dare to Dream Again

Karen State's new chief signals continuity and change

For Karen Voters in Hpa-an, Myanmar’s Elections are a National Affair

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