Cecilia Jacob

Dr Cecilia Jacob

Research Fellow, Director of Studies


BA(Hons) (Paris), MA, PhD (ANU)

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Dr Cecilia Jacob is a Research Fellow and Director of Studies for the Department of International Relations here at the Coral Bell School. Cecilia is interested in the practice, politics and ethics of security. Her research interests come from over a decade of travelling, researching and working in the fields of security and development in Europe, Southeast Asia and more recently in India. She has worked for several NGOs, AusAID and in private industry. Cecilia was awarded her doctorate in 2012 from the ANU; her doctoral research focused on the politics of protecting children affected by armed conflict, and she conducted original field research in Cambodia, Myanmar and the Thai-Myanmar border. It was nominated for best doctoral thesis to the Asian Studies Association of Australia.

Her current research focuses on the politics and practice of civilian protection, with an interest in the relationship between internal armed conflict and political violence in relation to international norms of civilian protection. She is the author of Child Security: The Impact of Armed Conflict in Cambodia and Myanmar, and has co-edited a volume, Civilian Protection in the Twenty-First Century: Governance and Responsibility in a Fragmented World.

In 2015, Cecilia taught Gender, War and Justice in South and Southeast Asia, Global Security, and Peace and Conflict Studies. She has also taught Writing International Relations, Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution, and Borders and Their Transgressions in Mainland Southeast Asia.

Cecilia’s research interests include the politics and practice of civilian protection; critical security; human security; political violence; children and armed conflict; and South and Southeast Asia.

Watch Cecilia discuss her particular focus on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.


Cecilia teaches the undergraduate course Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution INTR1022 (Semester 2, 2017), and the graduate course, Humanitarianism in World Politics INTR8062 (Semester 2, 2017).

Implementing the Responsibility to Protect

Implementing the Responsibility to Protect conference report

On 28–29 October 2016, the Department of International Relations at The Australian National University, along with the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect at the University of Que

Strengthening state resistance for the prevention of mass atrocities

Strengthening state resistance for the prevention of mass atrocities

Sometimes controversial in its application, it is now ten years since the unanimous endorsement of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine at the 2005 UN World Summit, writes Cecilia Jacob and Stephen McLoughlin.

Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, Martine Perret

Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: Domestic Processes and Foreign Assistance

The Implementing the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) project aims to cut across academic and policy divides to develop a coherent framework and agenda to promote the effective operation of R2P.

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