My research is predominantly focused on examining responses to presented security challenges relating to ports and coastal areas. I am currently working on a set of written outputs developing the idea of the port as a ‘site of securitisation’, shedding light on security practices undertaken. Alongside this my research time is largely focused on organising and delivering an ESRC seminar series examining the relationship between maritime (in)security and sustainable development, a project for which I am Co-Investigator. This project seeks to raise awareness of the way in which maritime insecurity impacts upon the lives of vulnerable populations, and highlight ways in which development efforts can be more responsive to the needs of these populations in the future
Dr James A. Malcolm’s principal research interest is in maritime security, in particular port and coastal security. His work is predominantly oriented towards implementation and on to maritime security practice, and as such focuses on the responses to presented security challenges. His interest in ports stem from the important position they play as nodes in the global supply chain, hubs in the transport network and as border management locations. The focus on coastal areas meanwhile stems from their position as the connecting spaces between land and sea. Collectively ports and coastal areas can have considerable political, economic, social and cultural significance; ensuring the security of these spaces is a prominent issue to be considered.
Dr Malcolm has supplementary research interests in international terrorism and counterterrorism efforts, the foreign, defence and security policies of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and the security considerations of Island States. He has presented at both academic conferences and to non-academic audiences, alongside delivering training programmes and undertaking consultancy work for different organisations.
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