Marleen Easton is a Professor and chair of the research group ‘Governing & Policing Security’ (GaPS) at the Department of Public Governance & Management at Ghent University. She has more than twenty years of experience conducting mostly qualitative, empirical research on policing and security related topics that include processes of (de)militarisation, community policing, radicalization, police (re)organisations, police culture, citizen participation, innovations in policing and the policing-science nexus. She combined this with an active role as board member of the Belgian Centre for Policing and Security where interaction between researchers and practitioners is stimulated.
Her current research focuses on the governance of security in relation to flows and on innovations in relation to technology and security. In 2017 she became adjunct professor at the Griffith Criminology Institute where she is currently participating in the Evolving Securities Initiative and runs the ESI Ghent hub (ESI@GNE) focusing on the governance of security in relation to flows. Since 2014 she is president of the Innovation Centre for Security (INNOS) in Belgium. In collaboration with private companies, the public sector and knowledge institutions, INNOS is generating innovative projects in relation to technology and security.