In January 2014 Linda Jakobson took up the position of Visiting Professor at the US Studies Centre at Sydney University. She is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. From 2011 to 2013 she served as the Institute's East Asia Program Director.
Before moving to Sydney in 2011 Jakobson lived and worked in China for 20 years and published six books on Chinese and East Asian society. Her last position in Beijing was Director of the China and Global Security Programme and Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) 2009-2011. A Mandarin speaker, Jakobson has published extensively on China’s foreign policy, the Taiwan Straits, China’s energy security, and science & technology polices.
Her publications include “Australia's relations with China in Turbulence” (The Asan Forum February 2014); China's Arctic Aspirations (SIPRI Policy Paper 2012 with Jingchao Peng); Australia-China ties: In search of political trust (Lowy Institute Policy Brief 2011); and New Foreign Policy Actors in China (SIPRI Policy Paper 2010 with Dean Knox). Jakobson’s research focuses on China’s foreign and security policy, Northeast Asian political dynamics, maritime security in Indo-Pacific Asia, Australia-China ties, and China's Arctic activities.