Ben Hayes is a TNI fellow and an independent researcher and consultant on security policies, counter-terrorism, border control and data protection. He has worked with the civil liberties organisation Statewatch in the UK since 1996, and also consulted for the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights, the UN High Commission for Refugees, Cordaid, the Heinrich Boll Foundation, the European Parliament and European Commission. He is also an Associate of the Human Security Collective, and a researcher at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo.
Ben Hayes' 2009 investigation into the European Security-Industrial Complex (published by TNI, NeoConOpticon) was downloaded over a million times, and catalysed reform of EU security research policy. Following Edward Snowden's revelations he has helped privacy, civil liberties and humanitarian .orgs around the world think through their implications. He has participated in EU research policy Advisory Groups on societal impact, dual use and privacy-by-design, and regularly sit on Ethics Panels for the European Research Council and the European Commission. He also co-authored several reports commissioned by the European Parliament and given written evidence to the German parliament.
In 2015, Ben Hayes co-edited a book on the implications of re-framing climate change as a security issue, rather than an environmental justice one- The Secure and the Dispossessed - How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-Changed World (TNI/Pluto Press, November 2015).Ben has a PhD from Magee College (Derry/Londonderry) awarded by the University of Ulster in 2008.