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, Global Governance, and Global Change, Peace & Conflict, as well as chapters in books on R2P, the United Nations and Genocide, and Civilian Protection.
Her most recent project on Brexit and the reputation of the UK in the United Nations includes articles in International Affairs, and the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, as well as a report published by the United Nations Association of the UK titled ‘Global Britain in the United Nations‘. This project was a collaboration with Professor Jason Ralph and Dr Samuel Jarvis and was funded by the British Academy.
Jess was Associate Editor of Critical Military Studies from its founding in 2013 until 2020, and she has been on the Editorial Board for the Global Responsibility to Protect journal since 2020. 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 did her PhD within the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect at the University of Queensland, where she retains a position as Honorary Research Fellow.
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.