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Constant Hijzen

Assistant Professor

Dr. C.W. Hijzen
+31 70 800 9576

Constant Hijzen is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (Intelligence and Security). He is also connected to the Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History.

More information about Constant Hijzen

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In my research I focus on the history of intelligence and security services. I use the intelligence and security services as a lens to study broader political, societal, and bureaucratic dynamics that are at play in this specific domain, with a special focus on cultural factors and mentalities. In my dissertation I studied to what extent political, bureaucratic, and societal actors influenced the threat perceptions, organization, and legitimacy of the security services in the Netherlands. In my postdoctoral research, for which I have received a grant of the NCTV, I use the concept of 'intelligence cultures' in order to understand how three comparable Western security services - those of the United Kingdom, (West) Germany, and The Netherlands - have dealt with political violence and terrorism since the late 1960s. The main question is how - seen from a social, political, bureaucratic, organizational, and operational perspective - political violence and terrorism have been perceived as a task for these security services and how they have developed activities in order to counter these security threats. 


Assistant Professor

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Institute Security and Global Affairs
  • Intelligence

Work address

Wijnhaven Building
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Room number 4.33



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  • Institute for History
  • Geschiedenis diversen

Work address

Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.72a


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