Hager Ben Jaffel has a PhD in International Relations from King’s College London. She specialises in the sociology of intelligence with a focus on police forces and Europe. Her first monograph Anglo-European Intelligence Cooperation: Britain in Europe, Europe in Britain (Routledge, 2019) explores Britain’s intelligence relations with Europe, by investigating the lived experiences of police personnel involved in counter-terrorism in European countries and EU internal security agencies.
Her current research extends the the analysis of intelligence towards its relationships with the political field, looking at their implications for how security professionals conduct their work in relation to politicians.
She also set up a new research agenda on contemporary intelligence that aims to build alternative lines of inquiry to Intelligence Studies, lines that generate knowledge on intelligence within and beyond intelligence communities by critically investigating the professionals and practices that ‘make up’ intelligence today. A collective volume on this project is forthcoming with Routledge.
Her research has appeared in Intelligence and National Security, International Political Sociology and European Security.