Dr Jess Gifkins

Lecturer in International Relations

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I started working at the University of Manchester in 2017, having previously worked at universities in the UK and in Australia. My research is on global governance in relation to questions of peace and security. I study decision-making practices within the United Nations Security Council, and have published research on the international response to crises in Darfur, Libya and Syria. I am also interested in debates on the responsibility to protect (R2P). 


My current research projects are:

1) The role and reputation of the UK in the United Nations after Brexit

This project is collaborative with Professor Jason Ralph (University of Leeds) and Dr Sam Jarvis (Univeristy of Leeds) and is funded by the British Academy. 

2) The practice of legitimacy in UN Security Council decision-making

This is an independent project with a planned monograph

3) Consensus decision-making in the UN Security Council

This is an independent project with a planned article. 



I convene 'The United Nations Security Council in Practice' at 3rd year level

I convene 'The United Nations and International Security' at MA level

I contribute to modules 'Questions about International Politics' at 2nd year; 'Security Studies' at 2nd year; and 'Topics in PPE' at 3rd year


I am the Pathway Convenor for the MA in International Relations.


I welcome applications from prospective PhD students on: global governance; the United Nations system; practices; and the Responsibility to Protect. 

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Queensland

1 Jul 201330 Jun 2018

Areas of expertise

  • JZ International relations - United Nations, the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), Global governance, Constructivism, Practice Theory, Darfur

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2013 - Doctor of Philosophy, International Relations, LocalizedString(id=76146640, text={en_GB=University of Queensland})
  • 2008 - Master of Arts, International Development, LocalizedString(id=76146372, text={en_GB=University of New South Wales})
  • 2004 - Bachelor of Arts, Critical and Cultural Studies, LocalizedString(id=76147409, text={en_GB=Macquarie University})

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