Jelle obtained a Master of Arts in Philosophy at Ghent University. With his dissertation on a normative framework for private military companies he won the 'Flemish Peace Prize' (Vlaamse Vredesprijs). He also studied at the department of Peace Studies at Bradford University (UK).
As a Phd student at VUB-POLI he is currently doing research on civil-military relations and more specifically on the democratic control of private military companies. Research questions include: how do private military companies fit into existing models of civil-military relations and what is the impact of the privatisation of military functions on the democratic control of military operations?
A full list of publications can be found here.