Kachinland Research Centre


Promoting social science research


Kachinland Research Centre (KRC) is a non-profit research organization headquartered in Myitkyina, Kachin State. It was founded in 2015 as a constituent member of Humanity Institute, an umbrella organization founded in 2012 mainly focusing on human rights issues, education and media.

KRC is now an independent research organisation. The aim of KRC is to promote social science research, engage in critical conversations about Kachin society, and build a comprehensive database of Kachinland. In order to materialize that goal, the Centre is conducting rigorous field research, publishing research works in Kachin, Burmese and English languages, and lecturing in educational institutions.

During the course of its formation the Centre has built up an effective research network throughout Kachin State and Northern Shan State by doing field research, participating as a resource centre in conferences, seminars and workshops in collaboration with several international and local organisations and networks.


Dan Seng Lawn
Director of KRC & Project Manager

I am a passionate researcher, lecturer, and an engaging political analyst with first-hand knowledge of Myanmar politics and Kachin State politics in particular, following its political reform process closely by participating in the negotiation process between Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) and the Government.

I returned back to Myanmar in June 2015 after completing my Master’s degree in Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. Since then I have worked as a researcher, lecturer, political analyst and consultant in Kachin State. Currently

I am serving as the Director of Kachinland Research Centre and the Project Manager of this GCRF project responsible for Kachin State and Northern Shan State.

Hkawng Yang
Field Researcher

My disciplinary background is in History, and I am currently studying a History major at the University of Myatkina. After High School, I went to the School of Intensive English Program to study English and Kachin history in 2015. I had learnt about Kachin Society at Mai Ja Yang. Whilst I am studying at University of Myitkyina, I am also working as an English teacher at a church. I attended the Ramprat Shanan Education and Leadership Program to study in 2017. My research interest relates to the history of Kachin society in Kachin state. I am also interested in understanding more about the linkages between drug markets and natural resources.

My role in this project is as a field researcher. I see this project as an opportunity to develop new research experience and build a broader understanding of contemporary Kachin society

Maran Ja Htoi Pan
Associate Director

I am a researcher and educator. I previously served as Director of the School of Intensive English Programs (now Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences) in Mai Ja Yang and have worked in numerous education projects in Kachin borderland regions.

I obtained my Master’s degree in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University. I am a Chevening Scholar (2017-2018) and currently pursuing an MSc. in Social Anthropology of Learning and Cognition at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

I joined Kachinland Research Centre in 2016 and am currently serving as the Associate Director.

Jakan Naw Awng
Field Research Supervisor

My disciplinary background is in the Social Sciences, although I graduated with an English degree from Myitkyina University in 2013. After my graduation, I have worked as an English teacher in a language centre for two years. Subsequently I went to Kachinland School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) to study for a Certificate in Social Science in 2015.

I have been involved in the pilot project on Project Cohesive Society conducted by KSAS for ten months. My research interest is social inequality, particularly in Kachin society. I am also interested in studying contemporary Kachin society.

My role in this project is the Field Research Supervisor for Kachin state. I see this project as an opportunity to acquire further professional and technical expertise of international and comparative research

M Seng Mai
Field Researcher

I studied Economics at the University of Distance Education, Myitkyina branch, for four years. Subsequently I studied Social Sciences at Naushawng Community School (NCS) for postgraduate studies. I have been involved in the Capstone research project at NCS since I was in my fourth year of studies.

My research interest is to explore in-depth military relations and engagement with ethnic minorities. I am eager to develop further understandings and solutions to the issues studied under this GCRF project.

My role in this project is a Field Researcher. I see this project as an opportunity to develop stronger evidence within this area, it has the opportunity to be profoundly supportive of the implementation and development of government solutions to the issues studied under this project.

Zau Mai Awng
Field Researcher

I previously worked as a Field Data Collector in an Anti-Human Trafficking Program and conducted a survey on Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) livelihoods for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2016.

My role in this GCRF project is as a Field Researcher. My research interests are to study drug-related issues and the economic condition in Kachin state and northern Shan state, and I am also passionate about finding solutions to the many problems related to illicit drugs. I see this project as an opportunity to further develop empirical insights on drug-related issues systematically and academically.

Naw Tun Aung
Assistant Project Manager

I am currently working with Kachinland Research Centre as the Deputy Director. This is a position I have held since July 2018.

For the Drugs and (dis)order project, I am responsible for managing the field research, assisting the project manager, networking, and communicating with local authorities and communities.

In 2011, I received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Yadanabon University, Mandalay, and continued to study a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Baguio, in the Philippines.

I spend most of my time in the field  because l love doing research and my aim is to develop a career as an academic researcher.