Ludo Block is a lecturer in the minor Intelligence Studies. He obtained his PhD in 2011 based on his research into policy-making and practices of cross-border police cooperation in the European Union. His current research focusses on on (the history of) Open Source Intelligence, intelligence analysis methodology and the effects of increasing amount and types of open data on intelligence functions.
Ludo obtained his PhD in Public Administration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2011 where he earlier also obtained his master’s in social science. His doctoral thesis was entitled ‘From Politics to Policing: the rationality gap in EU council policy-making’ in which he analysed the effect of a decade of EU Council policy-making on the actual practices of police cooperation in the EU.
Ludo lectures on OSINT and structured analytic techniques in the minor Intelligence Studies and his current research focusses on (the history of) Open Source Intelligence, intelligence analysis methodology and the effects of increasing amount and types of open data on intelligence functions.
Throughout his career Ludo has fulfilled various law enforcement and corporate investigative and intelligence roles. In addition to being a lecturer at Leiden University he is currently active in a forensic advisory and intelligence consulting capacity, and is a frequent trainer in open source intelligence methodology and structured analytic techniques for various organisations.
- Research, training, consultancy