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Strategies for recruiting human sources for intelligence gathering


Strategies for recruiting human sources for intelligence gathering

Gathering intelligence from human sources is critical for intercepting illegal attacks before they happen. The psycho-legal research has here to now focused on ways to gather intelligence by interviewing human sources and analyzing intelligence that has already been collected. However, there is no empirical research that evaluates tactics and strategies for recruiting human sources so that they can be interviewed and their accounts analyzed. The current project is a novel attempt to derive and evaluate different recruitment strategies during first encounters with sources who might be willing to collaborate with officials.

This project is open to more than one student;

type of Research

The current project will review and conceptualize recruitment strategies in the interrogative context, and conduct surveys and/or simple experiment to evaluate the efficacy of the recruitment strategies.


Recruitment; trust; resistance: human intelligence gathering


Please contact BA-Thesis coordinator J.M. Gutteling ( if you are interested in this assignment.


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Meissner, Surmon-Böhr, Oleszkiewicz, & Alison (2017). Developing an evidence-based perspective on interrogation: A review of the US government’s high-value detainee interrogation group research program. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 23, 438-457.