Sai Maung began his PhD candidature at the Department of Political and Social Change in January in 2016. He is researching about the changing ethnicity relations in the context of contemporary Myanmar democratization based on a case study of a Shan town. Prior to this, he worked at a non-government community-based organisation that provided assistance to refugees and as a Myanmar language tutor to diplomats in Canberra. He obtained a Master of Philosophy in Anthropology also at the Australian National University in 2012. His masters thesis examined the emergence of the popular Thamanya pilgrimage during the authoritarian regimes in the 1990s in Myanmar. Originally from Myanmar, he has a long-term interest in Myanmar’s society and politics.