The members of the research group are interested in exploring the socio-political and legal dynamics of security issues and spaces, and the role and position of the different stakeholders involved.
We do so for academic and societal reasons, e.g. we want both to facilitate knowledge creation by offering new insights and understandings as well as to translate our research outcomes into solution oriented and actionable proposals for policy purposes and public appreciation.
We focus on specific security issues that have a particular transnational and/or maritime dimension such as: drugs trafficking, illegal fisheries, humanitarian interventions, criminal networks and organisations, piracy, port security and small island states. The various actors and stakeholders we research include inter alia: gangs, pirates, private military and security companies, fishing communities, government authorities, peacekeeping forces and international organisations. Our research and case studies are conduction in such countries and areas as: Indonesia, the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, South-Africa, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. We conduct our research in cooperation with a number of international organisations, companies, academic institutes and governments and are funded by inter alia the UK Research Councils, British Academy, NATO and IOM.
We are researchers from various disciplines (law, politics and international relations, sociology, and anthropology) and with different non-academic experiences. We display diversity in methodological and theoretical outlooks, and value the idea that our work contributes to transformational change through research, education and consultancy.