From 2014 to 2016 Linda Jakobson was a Visiting Professor at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. From 2011 to 2013 she served as East Asia Program Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy.
Before moving to Sydney in 2011 she lived and worked in China for over 20 years and published six books on China and other East Asian societies. 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, China's Arctic aspirations, and its science and technology polices.
In 2014 Linda Jakobson co-founded China Matters Ltd, a not-for-profit company registered as a charity under Australian law. The goal of China Matters is to stimulate and sustain a nuanced and informed public discourse in Australia about China’s rise and its implications for Australia, and promote sound China policy.
Her publications include “The PLA and Maritime Security Actors,” in Phillip C. Saunders and Andrew Scobell, eds., PLA Influence on China’s National Security Policymaking (Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2015); China’s unpredictable maritime security actors (Lowy Report, 2014); Australia’s Relations with China in Turbulence (Asan Forum, January 2014); Australia-China ties: In search of political trust (Lowy Institute Policy Brief, June 2011); China's Arctic Aspirations (SIPRI Policy Paper, Nov. 2012, with Jingchao Peng); and New Foreign Policy Actors in China (SIPRI Policy Paper 26/2010, with Dean Knox).
Jakobson’s current research focuses on US-China relations, Australia-China ties, maritime security in the Asia-Pacific, and China's Arctic activities.