Researcher biography

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. She is a non-resident Research Associate of the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford.

Jeni is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2016-19). Her project 'Taking sides: Assessing the partiality of international peacekeeping' investigates whether UN peacekeepers should take sides between conflict parties or remain impartial peace brokers helping combatants to reach their own settlement.

She is also a founding member of the Security Council Analysis Network (SCAN), a research network that conducts sustained, rigorous review of the Council's actions to promote international peace and security. SCAN's ARC Discovery Project 'Leveraging power and influence on the United Nations Security Council' (2015-19) assembles a team of international lawyers and political scientists to evaluate how, why and when non-permanent Council members have succeeded in impacting the Council's decision-making process, despite lacking the veto power available to the five permanent members.

Jeni received her DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford (St Antony's), where she was a Rhodes Scholar, a Wai Seng Senior Research Scholar and a Wingate Scholar. She has an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford (Balliol College, with distinction) and a BA with first class honours from the University of New South Wales. She has worked as a foreign policy advisor in the Australian Government's Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Department of Defence, and as 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.