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Research Fellow, National Security and Resilience

Cathy Haenlein is a Research Fellow in RUSI’s National Security and Resilience Studies group, specialising in serious and organised crime. Her research focuses particularly on environmental crime (illegal wildlife trade, illegal fishing) and illicit trade in tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceuticals. Cathy is the Chair of RUSI’s Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research, established in partnership with the Home Office, National Crime Agency, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Research Council UK’s Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security. She is the editor, with M L R Smith, of Poaching, Wildlife Trafficking and Security in Africa: Myths and Realities (Abingdon: Taylor and Francis, 2016).
Cathy has undertaken research on behalf of the European Commission and British government, conducting fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, the Seychelles, Gabon and Sierra Leone, among others. A regular speaker at international conferences, she is also a guest lecturer and Research Associate in King’s College London’s Marjan Centre for the Study of War and the Non-Human Sphere. Cathy holds an MSc (distinction) in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with a focus on crime, conflict and governance. Before RUSI, she spent five years in Italy, working with European journals on EU–African relations, with a focus on migration.


She can be found on Twitter at: @Cathy_Haenlein

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