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Research Fellow, National Security and Resilience

Cathy is a Research Fellow in RUSI’s National Security and Resilience Studies group. Her research covers organised crime (with an emphasis on environmental crime), violent extremism, and the security-development nexus, with a focus on East Africa. Cathy has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and the Seychelles, as well as Gabon and Sierra Leone. She is also a Research Associate in King’s College London’s Department of War Studies, where she lectures and conducts research on wildlife crime and its intersections with other forms of organised crime, as part of the Marjan Centre for the Study of War and the Non-Human Sphere. She is the editor, with M L R Smith, of the forthcoming RUSI Whitehall Paper ‘Poaching, Wildlife Trafficking and Security in Africa’ (2016).

Cathy formerly worked for three years as Deputy Editor of RUSI Newsbrief and Associate Editor of the RUSI Journal. Prior to RUSI, Cathy worked for various international NGOs, including as a project development specialist based in Madagascar, focusing on environmental programmes. Before this, she spent five years in Italy working with European journals on EU–African relations, with a focus on migration. Cathy holds an MSc (distinction) in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with a focus on conflict, peacekeeping and governance. She is an experienced editor and graphic designer, and a qualified project manager.


She can be found on Twitter at: @Cathy_Haenlein

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