Carolien Jacobs

Carolien Jacobs is Assistant Professor at the Van Vollenhoven Institute, Leiden University. She has a background in International Development (MSc, Wageningen University & Research) and in Legal Anthropology (PhD, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology/Wageningen University & Research). She is interested in interdisciplinary research. Her research interests are in the fields of law, governance and international development, especially in Africa and in conflict-affected countries. Carolien acquired most of her research experience in Africa. She has worked on land rights; access to justice; the role of religion in disputing; development aid and civil society development and on secure livelihoods.

Since 2014 Carolien’s research has a focus on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and ways in which they get access to justice, realise their rights, and rebuild their lives. Most of this research takes place in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, together with a team of Congolese researchers. She is also interested in climate migration, which she has studied in Mozambique.

Keywords: law, governance, development, displacement, migration, climate, conflict.

List of recent publications.

Fellow member
Van Vollenhoven Insitute for Law, Governance and Society (Leiden University)