Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Manchester

Jess Gifkins is interested in how international relations are enacted on a day-to-day basis. Her research focuses on how multilateral decisions are reached on questions of international peace and security. She studies processes and practices within the United Nations Security Council in relation to agenda-setting, sanctions, the ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P), peacekeeping, and the relationship with the International Criminal Court.

Jess has published articles on international responses to crises in Libya, Syria and Darfur, in the European Journal of International Relations, Cooperation and Conflict, Global Responsibility to Protect, the Australian Journal of International Affairs, and Global Change, Peace & Conflict, as well as chapters in books on R2P, the United Nations and Genocide, and Civilian Protection

Jess is Associate Editor of Critical Military Studies. She was Co-convener of the British International Studies Association Working Group on Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect (2016-2018), and Co-Chair of EISA Section ‘A Palace of Hope? The Prospects, Fragilities and Legitimacy of the United Nations‘ in 2018.

She is working on a British Academy funded project with Professor Jason Ralph and Dr Samuel Jarvis on the UK’s reputation and capacity for influence within the UN after the Brexit referendum.

She did her PhD within the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect at the University of Queensland, and maintains an ongoing role as honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland.

Jess works at the University of Manchester, and has previously taught at Leeds Beckett University, the University of Exeter, the University of Queensland, and the University of New South Wales.


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