Jessica (Ika) Trijsburg

Research Fellow City Diplomacy


Jessica (Ika) Trijsburg is Research Fellow in City Diplomacy at the Melbourne Centre for Cities, working on the Shared Pathways to CoP28 project which focuses on capacity building for city diplomacy in the global governance of climate and sustainability. Jessica is currently completing her PhD at Monash Sustainable Development Institute, investigating the role of diversity of decision-makers in local climate change resilience.

Previously, Jessica was awarded a Rotary Peace Fellowship to undertake graduate study at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University in 2011-13 and worked alongside her studies assisting research of Muslim organisations in Indonesia (UNC, Anthropology); and on the A World in Motion: Migration and Development Research Project at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance. She is passionate about participatory and authentically inclusive research design and praxis.

Outside of academia, Jessica has over a decade of experience in local government, refugee and migrant health and intercultural education. She has previously served on two international working groups of the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities Program: Social Impact Evaluation (Lublin, Poland 2019); and Anti-Muslim Hatred (Barcelona, 2018) and led a number of industry research projects related to inclusion, social cohesion and capacity building. She is currently on the executive of the Victorian Refugee Health Network, and an ambassador for Get a Grip of the Grind and the Institute for Economics and Peace.

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