Research at SSBU

Academic profile of PhD supervisors  


Ven. Prof. Dr. K. Dhammasami, founder of Shan State Buddhist University, holds a DPhil in Buddhist Studies (University of Oxford), an MPhil and MA in Pali and Buddhist Studies (University of Kelaniya), an MA in Pali (Pali and Buddhist University, Sri Lanka) and Dhammacariya BA Degree from Myanmar. Since 2009, he has been teaching Pali, courses within the field of Buddhist Studies and meditation at the universities and colleges in Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, as well as in United Kingdom and Hungary.


He is the author of Buddhism, Education and Politics in Burma and Thailand: From the Seventeenth Century to the Present (2018), published by Bloomsbury Publishing, which explores how Buddhist education in Myanmar and Thailand has been informed by socio-political factors. He has also worked extensively on textual study of Pali canonical and commentarial texts, and their applications in modern world.


In addition to his academic work, he has been teaching vipassana meditation regularly to the public since 1993 in Southeast Asia, South Asia, United Kingdom and Europe.




Susan Conway PhD, MA, BA (Hons) is a Research Associate and Lecturer in Shan and Lan Na studies, Southeast Asian Studies programme, SOAS, London University. She is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. She was previously Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at New School University, New York. She has taught anthropology and material culture on the Southeast Asian arts programme at the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK. Support for her research in Shan and Lan Na studies has been provided by the James H.W. Thompson Foundation, Bangkok the British Academy, UK, the McArthur Foundation USA and the Rockefeller Foundation USA. In collaboration with the Venerable Phra Dhammasami, Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies and Executive Secretary of the International Association of Buddhist Universities, she has organised and participated in conferences and workshops raising the profile of Shan Studies worldwide.


Current research involves the material culture and belief systems of the Tai of the Shan State of Myanmar (Burma) and the Tai Yuan of Lan Na (north Thailand). She has published extensively on the role of textiles in Tai society. A list of her publications is available on She has advised on the documentation and conservation of Tai material culture and the establishment of new museums in Bangkok (the James H.W. Thompson Museum) and in Chiang Mai (the Bank of Thailand Museum). She has drawn up plans to make other Tai collections available to scholars and trained staff in documenting and conserving collections.




Dr. Aleix Ruiz Falqués holds a BA in Classics (University of Barcelona), an MA in Sanskrit (Univeristy of Pune) and a PhD in Indian Studies (University of Cambridge). His PhD dissertation focuses on the Pali grammatical tradition of pre-modern Myanmar (Pagan and Ava periods). He has been post-doctoral research fellow at the Dhammachai Tipitaka Project, Bangkok (2015-2017), assisting with the new critical edition of the Dīgha Nikāya.


Aside from his research on Buddhist grammar and scholastic philosophy, he is also interested in Pali manuscript studies ( and Pali and Burmese Buddhist poetry. He is also a translator from Pali and Sanskrit into Spanish, Catalan languages.




Dr. Anuja Ajotikar has completed a BA in Sanskrit, MA in Sanskrit (specialised in vyākaraṇa “grammar”) and has completed Doctorate degree at the Indian institute of Technology, Bombay. Her dissertation deals with aspects of nominal declension in Sanskrit traditional grammars, with special reference to 1st and 2nd person pronouns. She is a postdoctoral research associate of The Sanskrit Library (


Her areas of interest are: Sanskrit grammar and literature, Philology, Manuscriptology and Computational linguistics. She has technical exptertise in developing XML texts and catalogues, the Classical text editor for critical editions, LaTeX.




Dr. Pyi Phyo Kyaw holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies from King’s College London, an MA in Buddhist Studies from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in Economics and Management from

University of Oxford. Her academic appointments since 2012 include Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS (2012-2013) and Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Buddhist Studies (2014-current) at King’s College London.


She has worked on present-day Burmese Buddhist practices, and Abhidhamma studies as well as changing paradigms in monastic education in Myanmar. In addition to academic work, she has undertaken monastic training as a precept-nun and intensive meditation practice within different meditation traditions in Myanmar, and teaches meditation in Budapest, Hungary.


Her research interests include Burmese Buddhism, Abhidhamma with a focus on the Paṭṭhāna, Buddhist business practices, Buddhist ethics and Theravada meditation.