Carolien Jacobs is Assistant Professor at the Van Vollenhoven Institute. She has a background in International Development (MSc, Wageningen University) and in Legal Anthropology (PhD Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology/Wageningen University). 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, where she has worked on the role of religion in disputes and dispute resolution (Mozambique), on an evaluation of the impact of Dutch development aid on Congolese NGOs and civil society development.
Since 2014 Carolien is involved in research on access to justice for internally displaced persons in the conflict-affected east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.