Cathy Haenlein is a Senior Research Fellow in RUSI’s National Security and Resilience
Studies group, leading the Institute’s research stream on serious and organised crime. Her
research focuses on illicit trade and environmental crime, particularly in East and Southern
Africa, and Europe. 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.
Cathy has undertaken research on illicit trade and trafficking of illegal commodities for 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. She leads RUSI’s research on illicit
tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceuticals, covering the On Tap series and the Institute’s work
on Project SUN 2016 and 2017.
Cathy is also a Research Associate in King’s College London’s Marjan Centre for the Study
of War and the Non-Human Sphere. She 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 governance. Before RUSI, Cathy spent five years in Italy, working with
European journals on EU–African relations, with a focus on illegal migration.