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Senior Research Fellow, National Security and Resilience

Cathy Haenlein is a Senior Research Fellow in RUSI’s National Security and Resilience Studies group, where she leads the Institute’s research stream on serious and organised crime. Her research focuses on environmental crime (wildlife crime, illegal fishing) and illicit trade, particularly in East and Southern Africa. 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 Councils 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, British government and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, among others, conducting fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Madagascar, the Seychelles, Gabon and Sierra Leone. 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 peacekeeping. 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

Cathy Haenlein

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