Maja Dehouck is a PhD Candidate and researcher on financial intelligence and ethics of information sharing at the Department of Political Science.
Her areas of research include counter-terrorism financing and the trade in cultural goods.
As part of Project CRAAFT, she conducts research on the ethical and legal challenges of public-private financial information sharing in the fight against terrorism financing.
Project CRAAFT (Collaboration, Research & Analysis Against the Financing of Terrorism) is an academic research and community-building project designed to build stronger, more coordinated counter-terrorism financing (CFT) capacity across the EU and in its neighbourhood. The project engages with authorities and private entities in order to promote cross-border connectivity and targeted research. Funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund – Police, the project is being implemented by a Consortium led by RUSI Europe, along with the University of Amsterdam, Bratislava-based think tank GLOBSEC and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), based in The Hague.
For her PhD research, Maja studies anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing measures in the art market. She conducts this research as part of the AISSR, under the supervision of Prof. dr. Marieke de Goede and Prof. dr. Olav Velthuis.
Previously, she has conducted research and organizational tasks for the EU FET Flagship, the 'Time Machine', which uses Artificial Intelligence to digitize European archives and large museum collections, turning 2000 years of European cultural heritage into big data.
She has also published on the regulation of illicit cultural property trafficking at EU level.
Maja holds an LLM in International and European Law from Tilburg University, an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology from KU Leuven, as well as a BSc in Communication Science from Ghent University.