Dr. Yu Xiaogong
Senior Research Associate (December 2015 - present)

Dr. Yu Xiaogang is Director of the NGO Green Watershed in Yunnan Province, China. His research focuses on watershed governance in Southwest China, especially on the Jinsha River, Lancang River, and Nu River. Dr Yu’s has been widely recognized including being awarded the Goldman Prize in 2006 and Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2009. In 2015, his work in the Lashi watershed was awarded the UNDP Equator Prize.


Dr. Saw Win
Senior Research Associate (December 2015 - present)

Professor Saw Win is a retired Rector of Maubin University, and since 2008 an Executive Director of the Renewable Energy Association Myanmar (REAM), a local NGO in Myanmar. He collaborates with CSDS in Myanmar on research related to the Thanlwin River, and helps coordinate the fellowship program.


Dr. Michael Medley
Senior Research Associate (August 2014 - present)

Dr. Michael Medley teaches the Development Project Management course in MAIDS. He has research and activism interests in international aid transparency (www.aidopener.org) and South Sudan (www.southsudancivics.info). Formerly an aid worker in Sudan and South Sudan, he gained his PhD from Bristol University (UK) researching the politics of famine relief in Sudan.


Dr. LEE Yohan
Visiting Researcher (July 2017)

Dr. Lee is a Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea. His research interests include the competition and coexistence of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and China and Japan’s strategies on Mekong governance and implications for Korea.


Murray Boardman

Research Associate (January 2017 - present)

Murray Boardman is a PhD candidate from Deakin University, Australia. His research is exploring how NGOs articulate the quality of their development projects, with field work in Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand. Murray has worked in development practice for 14 years predominately in East Africa and Southeast Asia, and has a technical background is water engineering and food security. He holds a Masters of Applied Science degree from Massey University, New Zealand.


Hermes Huang
Research Associate (August 2015 - present)

Hermes Huang is currently working on a research project exploring open source hardware and innovative design in Indonesia, Nepal, and Thailand. He is the lead organizer for the International Development Design Summit (IDDS) Sisaket 2017. Hermes is a graduate of the Masters of Arts in International Development Studies Program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and the University of California, Davis.


Alec Scott

Intern (July 2017 - present) 

Currently based with the civil society organization KESAN, Alec has worked with civil society and community based organizations from all seven of Burma’s ethnic states on multiple issues related with human rights, environmental justice, and resource governance. Alec’s focus has centered around supporting rural communities across Burma to protect their basic human rights. He is currently interning with CSDS working with Dr. Carl Middleton on a report about the Salween River.