Carolien Jacobs is an assistant professor at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society at the Leiden Law School in the Netherlands. She has a background in international development studies (MSc, Wageningen University) and in legal anthropology (PhD Wageningen University/Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology). She has extensive experience in carrying out field research in various African countries, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique.

In recent years, Carolien has been involved in various research projects that looked at the position of Internally Displaced Persons in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. She studied for instance how IDPs obtain access to justice in their new environments, and how they manage (or not) to realise basic rights such as the right to housing or the right to labour. Since January 2019 Carolien takes part in a EU Horizon2020-funded research project that looks into connectivity and mobility of displaced people in various countries (see for more information). In all of these projects, Carolien works together with a team of Congolese researchers.