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Research Group: Transnational and Maritime Security

About the Group

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. 

Meet the Team

Math Noortmann

Math Noortmann

Political violence, organised crime, armed opposition

Adam baird

Adam Baird

Gang violence, gender, Latin-America

Ioannis Chapsos

Ioannis Chapsos

Maritime Security (piracy, smuggling/trafficking, IUU fishing),
privatisation of security
David Curran

David Curran

(UN) peacekeeping, training peacekeepers

James Malcolm

James Malcolm

Port security, small islands maritime security, education

Lisa Otto

Lisa Otto

Piracy, maritime crime, non-traditional threats to security


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The Maritime Dimension of Transnational Organised Crime: Engaging Indonesian Law Enforcement Agencies and Coastal Communities in the Land-Sea Nexus

The proposed research builds on the collaboration between the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) of Coventry University (UK) and the International Organisation for Migration Indonesia (IOM). This collaboration started in 2014 with a specific focus on the interrelation between maritime and human security issues in Indonesia. In 2015, the partners established a consortium focused on Indonesian maritime security. More information

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Breaking Bad: How transnational drug trafficking creates violent masculinities in local Caribbean communities in Port of Spain

To study the impact of transnational organised crime (TNOC) and drug-trafficking on poor urban communities in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. The city has seen crime and violence soar since the mid-1990s as the city became transhipment point in the illegal drugs trade. We address the impact of TNOC on vulnerable populations, culture and security by considering the ‘transnational-to-community’ impact of drug-trafficking. More information

Fostering Sustainable Development: Examining the challenges posed by maritime insecurity

This seminar series investigated the relationship between sustainable development and maritime security in order to increase maritime domain awareness and our understanding of the experiences of different vulnerable populations, such as coastal communities, in the face of insecurity.

Strengthening the Capabilities and Training Curricula for Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Personnel with ICT-based Collaboration and Knowledge Approaches.

News / Events

Network and Capacity Building

CTPSR secured funding from NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme, convened and delivered jointly with the ‘Small Arms Survey’ a two–day expert Advanced Research Workshop entitled ‘Building trust to enhance maritime security’.

Research highlights human exploitation in Indonesian fishing industry

A new study has revealed the dramatic extent of human exploitation in the Indonesian fishing industry, having documented the experiences of over 1,800 people rescued from forced labour or slavery.


Research highlights human exploitation in Indonesian fishing industry

Ocean Governance and Blue Growth
EVENT: Ocean Governance and Blue Growth Seminar

The Seminar brought together scholars from Coventry University and Universitas Indonesia around maritime security and governance issues.