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Antonio Díaz Fernández

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Associate Professor, Universidad de Cádiz


Antonio Díaz has developed most of his research career in the field of intelligence studies and surveillance societies as well as the research on sensitive topics. In this field he has recently published a book on how to research on sensitive topics on criminology and security and there is a forthcoming book project (2023) with Springer publishers; he is also a member of the Research Ethics Committee of the University of Cádiz. His academic career goes through the Universities of Barcelona and Burgos, having developed his predoctoral period at the General Gutiérrez Mellado University Institute and pre and postdoctoral stays in prestigious intelligence study centers such as King’s College and the Brunel Center of Intelligence Studies. Internationalization has therefore been one of his priorities, which shows his research stays in London and Glasgow as visiting scholar, as well as his work as an evaluator in FP7, H2020, Horizon Europe and MSCA programs. He is currently deputy editor of The International Journal of Intelligence, Security, and Public Affairs of the Taylor & Francis Group, and coordinator of the Summer School of the Erasmus Mundus International Master on Intelligence, Security and Strategic (IMSISS).

His latest research project as Principal Investigator is 'Technology and societal control: Democratic governance of the security in Andalusia' (2021-2023). Plan Andaluz de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación PAIDI2020_C.20_00941.

Background and education

  • (2003) Phd. on Political Science "Spanish Intelligence Services", Universidad de Barcelona
  • (2001) Máster on Peace, Security and Defence, Instituto Universitario General Gutiérrez Mellado
  • (1997) Máster on International Legislation, Colegio de Abogados de Barcelona
  • (1998) Degree on Political Science and Government, Universidad de Barcelona
  • (1994) Degree on Law, Universidad de Barcelona


2003Premio Defensa

1997Premio Ejército

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • International Studies Association
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Asociación Española de Ciencia Política


Research interests

  • Intelligence services
  • Sensitive topics
  • Ethics research

Research projects

  • 2021-2023. Tecnología y control social: Fundamentos para la gobernanza democrática de la seguridad en Andalucía. Plan Andaluz de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación (PAIDI) 2020. PAIDI2020_C.20_00941. Financiación: 38781€. Investigador Principal.

  • 2021-2024. Estudio sobre las variables jurídico-penales, criminológicas, psico-sociales y educativas, determinantes de los itinerarios vitales de los niños y niñas migrantes no acompañados. PID2020-114739RB-I00. Financiación: 35.695€. Investigador.

Selected publications

  • Del-Real, Cristina; Díaz Fernández, Antonio

    2022.Understanding the plural landscape of cybersecurity governance in Spain: a matter of capital exchange.International Cybersecurity Law Review,3:313–343LinkLogo open access
  • Díaz Fernández, Antonio; Del-Real, Cristina

    2022.Who Wants to Be the Next James Bond or Anna Chapman? Exploring the Correlates of a Willingness to Enter the Centro Nacional de Inteligencia (CNI) Among Spanish University Students.Intelligence and National Security,DOI: 10.1080/02684527.2022.2141289LinkLogo open access
  • Del-Real, Cristina; Díaz Fernández, Antonio

    2022.Public knowledge of intelligence agencies among university students in Spain.Intelligence and National Security,37(1)Link
  • Díaz Fernández, Antonio; Arcos, Rubén

    2021.A framework for understanding the openess strategies of the intelligence services.The International Journal of Intelligence, Security, and Public Affairs,vol. 32 (3):1-22LinkLogo open access
  • Del-Real, Cristina; Díaz Fernández, Antonio

    2021.Lifeguards in the sky: Examining the public acceptance of beach-rescue drones.Technology in Society,vol. 64(1). JCR Q1 (4.192)Link
  • Van Puyvelde, Damien; J Wirtz, James; Holeindre, Jean-Vincent; Oudet, Benjamin; Bar-Joseph, Uri; Kotani, Ken; Cristiana Matei, Florina; Díaz Fernández, Antonio

    2020.Comparing National Approaches to the Study of Intelligence.International Studies Perspectives,21 (3):298-337. JCR Q1 (0.907)Link
  • Díaz Fernández, Antonio.2020.Privacidad y Número Nacional de Identificación.In:

    Troncoso Reigada, A. (Dir)

    Comentarios al Reglamento General de Protección de Datos y a Ley Orgánica de Protección de Datos Personales y garantía de los derechos digitales.Madrid:Ed. Civitas.
  • Díaz Fernández, Antonio.2019.La investigación de temas sensibles en Criminología y Seguridad.Madrid:Ed. Tecnos.Link
  • Díaz Fernández, Antonio.2018.Spies and security: an evaluation animated videos on the intelligence services and their impact on school children.Comunicar,56Link
  • Díaz Fernández, Antonio.2016.Spain: Intelligence in Context Today.In: Jin Nyce y Bob de Graaff.National Cultures of Intelligence.Washington:Rowman and Littlefield.Link


  • Díaz Fernández, Antonio. 2017. Intelligence culture: Intelligence services explained to children. Universidad de Cádiz Investigación (UCA). Link