Urban and Maritime Security

Research Group: Urban 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

David McIlhatton, Senior Research Fellow (Research Group Leader)

Security, counter terrorism, protective security, geospatial modelling

Adam Baird, Research Fellow

Gang violence, gender

Katja Bergonzoli, Researcher 

Economics, quantitative methods, spatial econometrics, security (crimes)

Kelly Bogue, Research Associate

Marginalised groups and communities, youth culture and far-right activism, social housing policy, ethnographic research methods 

Ioannis Chapsos, Research Fellow

Maritime security, privatisation of security

John Cuddihy, Visiting Professor

Consultant Acting on behalf of Interpol, Action For Children, UNODC, GLOBSEC

David Curran, Research Fellow

(UN) peacekeeping, training peacekeepers

 

Zsófia Hacsek, Researcher

United Nations, dignity and gender

 

James Malcolm, Research Fellow

Port security, small islands maritime security

 

Robert McCabe, Research Fellow

Maritime security, development and governance

 

Math Noortmann, Professor

Political / armed violence, organised crime, UN and international organisations

Projects

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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


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.