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Transnational maritime organised crime across virtual and physical spaces;  non-traditional maritime security challenges; modern slavery, human smuggling and trafficking by sea; privatisation of security; non-state actors in maritime security; maritime security governance; maritime security policies and strategies.



Dr. Ioannis Chapsos is the Research Lead in Maritime Security at Coventry University's Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR). His research aims to better understand the land-sea nexus in the context of international security, feed into sustainable policy responses and build maritime security capacities wherever required. He is particularly interested in the increasing involvement of non-state actors in international security as victims, perpetrators and security providers, especially through a gender lens. His research interests also encompass the global trend of privatisation of maritime security and the potential implications in international security.

Ioannis has worked on a number of research projects where he explored the links between illegal (IUU) fishing and transnational organised maritime crime in the fishing industry (such as human trafficking/ modern slavery, forced labour, etc.) and the respective strategies, responses to challenges and threats, as well as their implications on coastal communities, particularly in SE Asia (Indonesia). His current research is focused on the role of gender in maritime security and the emerging cyber threats stemming from the technological advancements in the maritime domain. 

Ioannis is a Captain (ret) of the Hellenic Navy with more than 16 years of seagoing service and former lecturer on international security and strategy at the Hellenic Supreme Joint War College / Security and Strategy Department. 


Area of Expertise:


Maritime Security, Governance and Capacity Building, Serious Organised Crime, Privatisation of Security 

Vision Statement


The maritime domain is the medium which connects continents, regions, states and communities rather than a barrier that separates them. Although it significantly contributes to international trade and development, it is inevitably exploited also by criminal networks for illicit activities. The aim of my research is to inform and influence policies and highlight the inseparable land-sea nexus, by collecting and disseminating evidence on the role of the maritime space as enabling factor for transnational organised crime, hence the need for enhanced maritime security.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, The Privatisation of International Security: The regulatory framework for Private Maritime Security Companies, using operations off Somalia, 2005-13, as a case study, Coventry University

1 Apr 2012Nov 2014

Award Date: 24 Nov 2014

MA, Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security, Coventry University

Sept 2008Sept 2010

Award Date: 23 Nov 2010

Postgraduate Diploma, International Security and Strategy, Hellenic Supreme Joint War College

Aug 2007Jul 2008

Award Date: 14 Jul 2008

Postgraduate Certificate, Advanced Security Studies, George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies

Jan 2007Apr 2007

Award Date: 10 Apr 2007

Degree, Naval Science, Hellenic Naval Academy

Nov 1984Jul 1989

Award Date: 18 Jul 1989

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, London School for Public Relations - Jakarta

16 Jun 2017 → …


  • JZ International relations
  • International security
  • Maritime security
  • Human security
  • private security
  • H Social Sciences (General)


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