Senior research fellow, The University of Queensland

Dr. Jeni Whalan is a Senior Research Fellow of the University of Queensland's School of Political Science and International Studies and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Her research aims to promote solutions to intractable public policy problems. She has particular expertise in peacekeeping, the United Nations, policy evaluation, peace negotiations, and global security governance. She serves on the Board of the Centre for Policy Development, an independent Australian policy think tank, and is a Deputy Editor of the journal International Peacekeeping. She is a non-resident Research Associate of the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Fellow at UNSW’s Australian Human Rights Centre.

Previously, Jeni was a foreign policy advisor in the Australian Government’s Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Department of Defence, and a consultant to the International Peace Institute, the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations, and the UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report. She is the author of ‘How Peace Operations Work’, published by Oxford University Press, and a regular media commentator.

A Rhodes Scholar, Jeni holds a doctorate and MPhil (with distinction) in International Relations from the University of Oxford.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Development Studies, specialising in international security, University of New South Wales


  • 2010 
    University of Oxford, PhD in International Relations


  • 2012
    Evaluating peace operations: the case of Cambodia, International Journal of Peacekeeping
  • 2011
    Aid for education in Solomon Islands, Prospects
  • 2011
    The United Nations and the protection of civilians in armed conflict, Security Challenges
  • 2010
    The power of friends: the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, Journal of Peace Research

Research Areas

  • International Relations (160607)