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Antonio Díaz Fernández

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Associate Professor of Political Science, Universidad de Cádiz

Deputy editor of The International Journal of Intelligence, Security, and Public Affairs (SCOPUS)


Antonio M. Díaz Fernández (Cádiz, 1971) is Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at University of Cádiz (Spain) where he teaches Criminology and Security and he is the coordinator of the Master Degree on Criminal System and Criminality. He holds a doctorate in Political Science and Administration from the University of Barcelona and has been awarded university degrees both in Law and Political Science. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Peace, Security and Defence awarded by the University Institute ‘General Gutiérrez Mellado’ in Madrid. He is Deputy editor of The International Journal of Intelligence, Security, and Public Affairs (SCOPUS).

He has been a visitor researcher at the International Centre for Security Analysis (King’s College, London), Brunel Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (Brunel University, London) and Flacso (Ecuador). He was awarded prizes in 1997 and 2003 by the Spanish Ministry of Defence for his research into security. He has held professorships at the universities of Barcelona, Lisbon and San Salvador. He has participated in 7FP projects, has led the research project “Towards a European intelligence policy” and was the co director of the prospective White Book of Homeland Security: Spain 2020 commissioned by the Spanish Parliament. He has been a member of the Advisory Board on Security of the Reflection Group for the Future of the European Union 2030.

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


2003Spanish Ministry of Defence

1997Spanish Ministry of Defence

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • International Studies Association
  • International Association for Intelligence Education 
  • Asociación Española de Ciencia Política


Research interests

  • Intelligence services
  • research methodology on sensitive topics

Selected publications

  • 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.Espionaje para políticos.Valencia:Ed. Tirant Lo Blanch.Link
  • Díaz Fernández, Antonio.2016.Conceptos fundamentales de inteligencia.Valencia:Ed. Tirant Lo Blanch.Link
  • 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.2014.Informes de control de los Comités de Inteligencia parlamentarios como una fuente para la investigación..Inteligencia y Seguridad. Revista de Análisis y Prospectiva.,16:13-44
  • Díaz Fernández, Antonio.2010.Spanish Intelligence Community: A diffuse reality.Intelligence and National Security,25-2:222- 243
  • Díaz Fernández, Antonio.2006.Alfway Down the Road to Supervision of the Spanish Intelligence Services..Intelligence and National Security,21- 3:440-456
  • Díaz Fernández, Antonio.2005.Los servicios de inteligencia españoles.Madrid:Ed. Alianza.


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