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Wells, Tamas. 2021.

Narrating Democracy in Myanmar,

Amsterdam University Press

This book analyses what Myanmar’s struggle for democracy has signified to Burmese activists and democratic leaders, and to their international allies. In doing so, it explores how understanding contested meanings of democracy helps make sense of the country’s tortuous path since Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won historic elections in 2015. 

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Deejay, A., Wells, T., Henne, K. and Bachtold, S. 2024. ‘Bad adopters or bad proponents of technology? Facebook and the violence against Muslims in Myanmar’. Third World Quarterly  

Wells, T. and Pyae Phyo Maung. 2024. ‘International aid partnerships amidst Myanmar’s revolution: solidarity, or self-preservation and compliance?’ Journal of Contemporary Asia 

Medial, C, Wells, T. and Seto, G. 2023. ‘Myanmar in 2022: The conflict escalates’ Southeast Asian Affairs. Vol. 2023: 196-216.

Wells, T. 2023. ‘Chinese aid and contests over the meaning of ‘human rights’ in Asia’, Melbourne Asia Review, No. 12.

 Wells, T. 2022. ‘”Bright, shiny, inconsequential”? The rise and fall of innovation labs in the aid sector’, Third World Quarterly 

Wells T. and Lamb, V. 2022 ‘The imaginary of a modern city: Post-politics and Myanmar’s urban development’, Urban Studies 59 (14): 2875-2892


Doffegnies, A. and Wells, T. 2021. ‘The vernacularization of human rights discourse in Myanmar: rejection, hybridization and strategic avoidance’,

Journal of Contemporary Asia 

McGann, M., Wells, T. and Blomkamp, E. 2021. ‘Innovation labs and co-production in public problem solving’,

Public Management Review. 23(2): 297-316 

Wells, T. and Lamb, V. 2020. ‘Dilemmas for advocacy organisations in Myanmar’s emerging democracy’, Melbourne Asia Review 1.

Decobert, A. and Wells, T. 2020. ‘Interpretive Complexity and Crisis: the History of International Aid to Myanmar’, European Journal of Development Research 32(2): 294-315

Wells, T. 2020. ‘Narratives of donor accountability in support to peace processes: the case of the Joint Peace Fund in Myanmar’, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development 15(1), pp. 18-30 

Wells, T. 2019. ‘Narrative and elucidating the concept of democracy: the case of Myanmar’s activists and democratic leaders’,

Democratization 26(2), pp.190-207. 

Wells, T. 2019. ‘Can advocacy change the views of politicians about aid? The potential and limits of a presence-based approach’,

Australian Journal of International Affairs 73(3), pp.254-269. 

Wells, T. 2018. ‘Democratic “freedom” in Myanmar’, Asian Journal of Political Science 26(1), pp.1-15. 

Wells, T. 2019. ‘Managing grievances in the age of post-politics: the relocation of communities for the Thilawa Special Economic Zone in Myanmar’ in Lam-Knott S, Connolly, C. and Chong Ho, K. 2019, Post-Politics and Civil Society in Asian Cities: Spaces of Depoliticization. Routledge, Abingdon.

Pyae Phyo Maung and Wells, T., 2018. ‘Advocacy Organisations and Special Economic Zones in Myanmar’ in Chambers et al. 2018, Myanmar Transformed? People, Places, Politics'. Institute of South East Asian Studies, Singapore.

Wells, T. 2016. ‘Making Sense of Communal Violence in Myanmar’ in Cheesman et al. 2016 Making Sense of Conflict in Myanmar. Institute of South East Asian Studies, Singapore. 

Wells, T. and Kyaw Thu 2014. ‘Village Networks, Land Law and Myanmar’s Democratization’ in Cheesman et al. 2014, Debating Democratization in Myanmar. Institute of South East 

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