Short bio

Veerle Pashley is an academic assistant at the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law at Ghent University. She provides assistance for the following courses: private security and police studies, criminology and historical criminology. She is a PhD student (Ghent University – Free University of Brussels – Royal Military Academy. Her research is aimed at a better understanding of ethics in the private military security complex. She has conducted several research projects in regarding (private) security: a quantitative overview of private security companies in Europe, private security in the port of Antwerp, private security in an urban and municipal context, armed robberies on independent entrepreneurs, child disappearances and community police officers.

Veerle Pashley has several publications regarding private security and intelligence. Since 2012, she is a board member of the Belgian Intelligence Studies Center (BISC) and editor of the Cahiers Inlichtingenstudies/Cahiers d’études du renseignement. She is also a member of the IRCP at Ghent University.

Work details

  • EMAIL: veerle.pashley@ugent.be
  • TELEPHONE: +32 9 264 69 57
  • TELEPHONE SECRETARIAT: +32 9 264 69 30
  • ADRESS: Universiteitstraat 4, Ghent, Belgium

Selected societal impact activities

Selected media

  • 14/04/2015 – De Wereld Vandaag, Radio 1 (news program) – Radio interview ‘Blackwater (Private Military Company)’

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

  • Private security
  • Private military security
  • Intelligence studies

Selected projects

  • Ongoing – The private military security complex: a normative framework of company-level military ethics 
  • 2018 – Private veiligheid in een stedelijke en gemeentelijke context. Mechelen – Willebroek 
  • 2013 – Quantitative overview of private security in Europe 

Publications