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Anna Macdonald

AnnaMacdonaldLSE Fellow
Department of International Development


Anna Macdonald joined the department in September 2013 as an LSE Fellow. She holds an MSc from the LSE in the Theory and History of International Relations and a BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford. She is currently completing her PhD in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. Anna’s PhD has been funded by a King’s College graduate student scholarship. 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. Her research examines the politics of transitional justice, with a particular focus on central Africa. Her PhD examines how discourses about accountability, reconciliation and social order have been constructed in the context of post-conflict northern Uganda and how this relates to conventional, liberal narratives about the processes and goals of transitional justice. 

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
  • The history, politics and practice of humanitarianism

Recent publications

‘Post-Conflict Traditional Justice’, Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Forthcoming, 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)

Contact details

Email: A.Macdonald1@lse.ac.uk|