Short bio

Cools Marc (°1962) holds a PhD in Criminology (Free University of Brussels) and certificates in Business Economics (IPO Management School- Antwerp University) and International Management in the Telecommunications Industry (London Business School).

He lectured at the Antwerp Police Academy, the School for Criminology of the Justice Department, Antwerp Management School and Paris X La Défense Nanterre University. He was advisor for the former Belgian Justice Minister, Mr. Marc Verwilghen.

Today he is Professor of Criminology at Ghent University and the Free University of Brussels, Visiting Professor at Nyenrode University, member of the scientific council Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers – Criminologie Paris and teaches at the Intelligence & Security School of the Ministry of Defence. He also is ‘Officier in de Kroonorde (B)’, ‘Ridder in de Leopoldsorde (B)’ and ‘Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques (F)’.

Work details

Selected societal impact activities

  • 2000 – Editing Federal Security and Detention Plan
  • 2010 – Founding Belgian Intelligence Studies Center
  • Research on Private Security and Intelligence

Selected media

  • 03/2019 – Lokaal, De ideale maat voor korpschefs en burgemeesters
  • 15/04/2018 – Klara (music program) – Berg en Dal Pat Donnez 

Selected events

  • 17/05/2019 – BISC Conference, Forgotten threats part 1: Espionage
  • 31/01/2019 – BISC Studiedag, Als we het vergeten, gebeurt het dan opnieuw? Radicalisering, burgerschapszin en onderwijs
  • 29/06/2018 – BISC Conference, International collaboration regarding intelligence services and intelligence studies

Expertise

  • (Historical) Criminology
  • Private Security
  • Intelligence Studies

Selected projects

  • 2017-2019 – Schaalvergroting en de Lokale Politie, FOD Binnenlandse Zaken, Brussel
  • De ontwikkeling van de private bewakingssector in België (1907-1934). Een historisch-criminologisch perpsectief op recente transisites in de veiligheidszorg.
  • 2018 – Private veiligheid in een stedelijke en gemeentelijke context. Mechelen – Willebroek 

Publications