Karen’s research has covered various countries and regions, including Europe, Southeast Asia, Jordan and Kenya. Before joining ODI Karen was based along the Thai-Myanmar border, where she provided research support to several local NGOs and civil society organizations working with displaced populations. In addition to global refugee policy, her other research interests include regional organisations, refugee repatriation, trust-building and Southeast Myanmar. Karen has a background in political theory and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Her work has been published by the Oxford Refugee Studies Centre and in Forced Migration Review.