SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Bobby Anderson

Master in Public Administration (National University of Singapore) MA (University of Bradford) BA (University of North Carolina)
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Robert Anderson
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Bobby Anderson is a Myanmar-based technical specialist with the Union of Myanmar’s National Community Driven Development Project, working in Bago, Chin, Kayin and other areas of the country. He is also the Frontline Analytics Advisor for the Australia – Timor Leste Partnership for Human Development, where he undertakes field service monitoring and political economy analyses to guide Australian government funding for education, health, water, sanitation, and other sectors. Bobby also works on rural livelihoods programs for the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Indonesian Papua. Prior to this Bobby managed projects and led research in Papua and other remote areas of Indonesia for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the World Bank, and USAID. In Aceh he managed the International Organization for Migration’s Post-Conflict Reintegration Program Bobby has also worked in Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia.
Bobby was most recently a Lee Kuan Yew Scholar at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, where he earned a Masters in Public Administration and developed case studies on Myanmar and Timor for the school’s State Fragility and Peacemaking Class. Prior to this Bobby was a Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University’s Rotary Peace Center: Bobby also earned an MA in International Politics and Security Studies from the University of Bradford (UK)’s Department of Peace Studies, and a BA in Russian and Eastern European Area Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bobby’s most recent publication, “Papua’s Insecurity- State Failure in the Indonesian Periphery” (East-West Centre Policy Studies 73), and numerous other published works, can be perused here.     


National University of Singapore


Bobby Anderson is currently researching opium poppy cultivation, alternative development, and the historical experience of statebuilding in Northwestern Thailand, with a particular focus on Chiang Mai province’s Omkoi district, where most of Thailand’s contemporary known poppy cultivation occurs. He also researches rural development, service delivery and governance in insurgent and other fragile areas of Myanmar. Bobby’s general research interests include service delivery and community development in fragile states and remote areas, especially over the course of ongoing peace processes; rural livelihoods and market linkages; organized crime, illicit economies and insurgency; ethnic conflict and peacebuilding, and the historical experience of lowland state encroachment upon highland areas.