Lecturer in Post-war Recovery Studies, University of York

Jacob joined the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York in August 2014. He had previously been a Teaching Fellow in Middle Eastern Politics in the Department of Politics since October 2012.

He holds BA and MA degrees from the War Studies Department, King's College London, and was awarded his PhD by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, in October 2011. His first book, Small State Mediation in International Conflicts: Diplomacy and Negotiation in Israel-Palestine, is due to be published in June 2015 by IB Tauris.

Jacob's research focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and conflict resolution, particularly the diplomacy of mediation, and the wider Arab-Israeli conflict. More broadly, his research interests include Middle Eastern politics and security, the development of radical and political Islam, and the 'war on terror'.

Future projects on the horizon include a re-assessment of Israeli security policy in light of the ongoing occupation of the West Bank, an analysis of the failed Olmert-Abbas negotiations following the Annapolis conference, and a study of Swedish overtures to engage in dialogue with Hamas.


  • 2014–present
    Lecturer in Post-war Recovery Studies, Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), University of York


  • 2011 
    School of Oriental & African Studies, PhD
  • 2006 
    King's College London, MA in International Peace & Security
  • 2005 
    King's College London, BA in War Studies and History

Grants and Contracts

  • 2009
    PhD fieldwork grant
    Funding Source:
    University of London Central Research Fund

Professional Memberships

  • European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS)