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2002 PhD Politics (funded by a departmental scholarship), University of York

1998 MA International Conflict Analysis (ESRC funded), University of Kent

1992 BA History (2.i), Thames Valley University, UK


After graduating in History and working as a school teacher in Turkey and Nigeria, Tim Jacoby won an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship for a MA in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent. From 1999 to 2003, he then completed his PhD (funded by a departmental scholarship) and an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Politics at the University of York. He joined the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester in 2003 where he is now Professor. In 2009, he co-founded the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester.

Tim Jacoby’s research initially focussed on state development in Turkey, but a particular interest in issues of minority identity and politics there has led him to study broader topics related to political violence, civil society, Islam, nationalism and post-conflict reconstruction. He has published more than 25 articles in international journals and acted as guest editor for Disasters, International Studies Review, Middle East Critique, Progress in Development Studies, Peace Review and the Journal of Peasant Studies. He is also author of Social Power and the Turkish State (Frank Cass, 2004), Understanding Conflict & Violence: Interdisciplinary and Theoretical Approaches (Routledge, 2007) and The Military-Humanitarian Complex in Afghanistan (with Eric James, Palgrave, 2016). With Alpaslan Özerdem, he is co-author of Disaster Management and Civil Society: Earthquake Relief in Japan, Turkey and India (I.B. Tauris, 2005) and Peace in Turkey 2023: The Question of Human Security and Conflict Transformation, (Lexington, 2012).

He is also Treasurer for the British Society for Middle East Studies: http://www.brismes.ac.uk/about-us/brismes-council.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Treasurer, The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies

17 Jul 2020 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
  • Global Development Institute


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