Dr Jess Gifkins has worked at the University of Manchester since 2017, having previously worked at universities both in the UK and in Australia. Her research is on the everyday enactment of international politics with two primary strands. First, on decision-making within the United Nations, where she has researched legitimation practices, penholding, and language within the UN Security Council, and early warning within the UN Secretariat. Second, on the ‘responsibility to protect’ (or ‘R2P’ as it is known) where she has researched case study responses to conflicts in Darfur, Syria, and Libya, and the increasing persecution of LGBT+ people in Europe and elsewhere.
Dr Gifkins has published widely within International Relations, including publications on the UN Security Council and R2P in the European Journal of International Relations, Cooperation and Conflict, Global Governance, 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. Dr Jess Gifkins and Professor Jason Ralph were awarded a prize for 'Best article in the European Journal of International Relations' in 2017 for their article 'The Purpose of United Nations Security Council Practice'.
Her recent project on Brexit and the reputation of the UK in the United Nations was funded by the British Academy and included 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 featured in The Guardian and The Economist.
Dr Jess Gifkins' current reserach projects
1) Legitimation practices in UN Security Council decision-making. This project includes a forthcoming mongraph and an article in Global Governance.
2) Queering the Responsibility to Protect. This project is a collaboration with Protection Approaches in London and Dean Cooper-Cunningham at the University of Copenhagen.
3) Early Warning in the UN Secretariat. This project is funded by the British Academy and is a collaboration with Dr Stephen McLoughlin at Coventry University.
For more detail see my personal website.
Dr Jess Gifkins' teaching
Convening: 'The United Nations Security Council in Practice' at 3rd year level
Convening: 'The United Nations and International Security' at MA level
Team-teaching: 'Questions about International Politics' at 2nd year
Team-teaching: 'The Politics of (In)Security' at 2nd year.
She welcomes applications from prospective PhD students on: the United Nations; practices; and the Responsibility to Protect.