Intelligence Elites & Public Accountability

Project Aims and Contacts

This project aims to co-create with civil society a practical benchmark of ‘accountability demands’ to enable civil society to better hold secretive, and sometimes manipulative, ‘intelligence elites’ publicly to account. 

The benchmark is intended to help civil society ask critical questions of intelligence elites; and to encourage Third Sector research and media reporting to adopt a more investigative and critical stance.

If you would like to contribute to this project, please contact the Principal Investigator,Prof. Vian Bakir. Email:

The project was funded by The Bangor University ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

It was delivered in consultation with investigative journalist, and academic, Dr. Paul Lashmar.