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Dr Pia Maria Jolliffe

Research Scholar


Pia Jolliffe holds a DPhil in International Development from Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, a DESS in Asian Studies from the University of Geneva and a Master’s in Japanese Studies from the University of Vienna.  She is currently a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, a Research Scholar at the Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars Hall and a visiting academic at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford

Her current research interests include the nexus between international development, migration, education and the life course. In this respect Pia has ten years of fieldwork experience with refugees and ethnic minorities at the Thailand-Myanmar border and in the United Kingdom. She has also conducted research on the role of education in the lives of Syrian asylum seekers and refugees in Austria. Moreover, Pia works in a project team with Dr Hafiz Khan (Birmingham City University), Dr Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University) and Prof Yoshinori Fujiwara (Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology) on a research project on Japan´s ageing prison population. Pia is a member of the Society of Authors and the Development Studies Association.


Recent presentations


  • Southeast Asia Seminar, St Antony´s College, University of Oxford, 27 April 2016: “The Gift of education? Learning, migration and intergenerational relations among Karen refugees in Thailand and the United Kingdom”
  • Research Seminar, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, 22 April 2016: “Life course transitions, migration and aspirations among Karen ethnic minority youth in Thailand”
  • Las Casas Institute Seminar Series, 29 February 2016: “Jesuit Training Programmes in Thailand: enabling refugees and ethnic minority youth to negotiate inequalities”
  • 8th European Association for Southeast Asian Studies Conference, University of Vienna, Austria, 11-14 August 2015: “‘The legend of the ‘lost book’ and the value of modern education among the Karen people in Myanmar, Thailand and the United Kingdom’
  • 4th Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20-24 March 2015: “Education and life course aspirations in humanitarian settings. A case study with Myanmar refugees in Thailand”
  • Migration, Faith and Action: Shifting the Discourse, Mathematical Institute and Radcliffe Humanities, University of Oxford, 8 May 2014: “Education for repatriation? A case study of the Arrupe Training Centre for Karen refugees in Thailand”
  • The Oxford Spring School on Demography, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, 29 April 2014: “Participatory Research Exercises” (together with Jacobus Hoffman and Anne Kathoire)
  • The Fertility Transition in the South Conference, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, 25 April 2014: “Family life, education and fertility aspirations among Burmese refugees in Thailand”
  • Young Lives Research Bites, Oxford Department of International Development, University  of Oxford, 24 February 2014: “Karen Refugees in Thailand – the role of education”
  • Fertility and Development Seminar Series, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, 23 January 2014: “Poor on Earth, Rich in Heaven. Exploring the political economy of fertility decisions.  A participatory research methods approach with ethnic minority youth in Northern Thailand”