Agnes Venema is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher on the European Joint Doctorate grant “Evolving Security SciencE through Networked Technologies, Information policy And Law” (ESSENTIAL). Her research area is Intelligence and National Security, and specifically focuses on the identification of people in crowded spaces. Her host institution is the “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy in Bucharest, Romania.
As part of her doctoral studies, Agnes Venema has guest lectured at the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences (FSPAC) of the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and has presented her research internationally. Furthermore, she has supported research for various projects at the “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy, including for the Security in the Black Sea Region (SBSR) 2018 conference, a Hybrid Threats project, and for the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE-Europe) 2019 conference, where she also served as a panel chair.
Prior to moving to Romania, Agnes Venema worked on various issues related to international security, including at the University of Essex and for various NGOs. She also worked on Security Sector Reform at the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) and participated in election monitoring for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Agnes Venema holds an LL.M. degree in Human Rights and Criminal Justice from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway and a Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Utrecht, where she opted for a semester abroad at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.
Recent conference presentations include:
"The Business of Spying: The Privatisation of Surveillance Technology Development – A Transatlantic Perspective"
European Consortium for Political Research, Wrocław, Poland (September 2019)
“When Your Eyes Deceive You: The Impact of Deepfakes on Image Analysis in Intelligence”
International Association for Intelligence Education – European Chapter Conference, Bucharest, Romania (April 2019)
“The Sum of All Friends: Identifying Good Practices in Cross-border Intelligence Sharing in Europe”
International Studies Association Annual Convention, 60th edition, Toronto, Canada (March 2019)
“Three is a Crowd: The Security Challenges of Crowded Spaces”
Intelligence in the Knowledge Society, 24th edition, Bucharest, Romania (October 2018)
“Between Friends and Familiar Strangers: The Internationalization of Intelligence”
2nd Jagiellonian Interdisciplinary Security Conference, Krakow, Poland (September 2018)