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Dr Anna Macdonald

AnnaMacdonaldLSE Fellow
Department of International Development


Biography

Dr Anna Macdonald joined the department in September 2013 as an LSE Fellow. She holds a BA in modern history from the University of Oxford; an MSc in the Theory and History of International Relations from the LSE and a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. Prior to embarking on her PhD, she worked for four years in Brussels as a researcher and policy advisor, both at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and on the International Development Committee at the European Parliament. She has also worked for the Institute for Public Policy Research and for various human rights NGOs.

She teaches on DV428 (Managing Humanitarianism) and is a fellow at the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP), also based in the department. She is currently in receipt of a Leverhulme/British Academy small research grant for a comparative project examining the role of magistrates’ court in South Africa and Uganda. Anna is also a co-investigator on a three year AHRC/ESRC funded project examining dynamics of displacement, return and re-integation in central Africa and an ESRC funded project analysing forced displacement and humanitarian intervention in


Research interests

  • Theory, history and politics of transitional justice, including international criminal justice
  • Law and social order in central Africa, particularly Uganda and South Sudan
  • Community based responses to violence and accountability; customary law
  • Displacement, return, re-integration and cycles of violence
  • The history, politics and practice of humanitarianism


Recent publications

‘Transitional Justice and political economies of survival in post-conflict northern Uganda’, (forthcoming, 2017) Development and Change.

Macdonald, Anna and Holly Porter. (2016). The trial of Thomas Kwoyelo: opportunity or spectre? Reflections from the ground on the first LRA prosecution. Africa. 86 (4): 698-722. 

‘Social accountability war zones: confronting local realities of law and justice’ (2015) International Journal of Minority and Group Rights, 22 (3). (with Tim Allen).

'From the ground up: What does the evidence tell us about local experiences of transitional justice?’ (2015) Transitional Justice Review, 1:3.

‘Post-Conflict Traditional Justice’, Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (2014) eds. Bruinsma, G., & Weisburd D, Springer, New York (with Tim Allen).

‘Local understandings and experiences of transitional justice: a review of the evidence’ (2013) Justice and Security Research Programme Working Paper, no.6.

‘Post-Conflict Traditional Justice: A critical overview’ (2013) Justice and Security Research Programme Working Paper, no.3 (with Tim Allen).


Peer-reviewed book chapters

‘Let them come here so that we can have peace’: Ordinary justice and post-conflict justice in Acholiland, northern Uganda’ in in Jessica Johnson and George Karekwaivanane (eds.) Pursuing Justice in Africa (Ohio University Press: Athens, forthcoming).

Post-Conflict Traditional Justice’, Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (2014) eds. Bruinsma, G., & Weisburd D, Springer, New York (with Tim Allen).


Book reviews

‘Review of Transition and Justice: Negotiating the terms of new beginnings in Africa’ (2016) Journal of Modern African Studies 54 (1).


Working papers

‘Local understandings and experiences of transitional justice: a review of the evidence’ (2013) Justice and Security Research Programme Working Paper, no.6.

‘Post-Conflict Traditional Justice: A critical overview’ (2013) Justice and Security Research Programme Working Paper, no.3 (with Tim Allen).


Contact details

Email: A.Macdonald1@lse.ac.uk

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