Jakob is a DPhil candidate researching ethnic civil wars, with a special emphasis on peripheral groups that dispute the state's sovereignty in borderlands. His project maps the interplay of bilateral diplomacy among neighbour states, on the one hand, and rebels' and governments' violent tactics, on the other.
Before beginning his doctorate in 2021, Jakob earned an MPhil (Distinction) in International Relations, also at Oxford, investigating the causal effect of petroleum discoveries on states' strategies in island disputes.
Born in Oslo, Norway, Jakob is passionate about using quantitative and geospatial techniques to better understand how organised violence, between or within states, is to be avoided.
Jakob's research interests include:
Ethnic civil wars,
Geographical Information Systems (GIS),
Schram, J. (2020). From Peace to Fury: Reframing Tactical Shifts in Territorial Disputes / Nettverk-signalisering: en dynamisk modell for taktikkskifter i grensetvister. Internasjonal Politikk, 78(3), 257-283.
Schram, J. (2022). A Civil War in the Making? (B. Walter, How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them). The Oxonian Review, Feb 2022.