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Research Interests

IUU fishing; fisheries crime; transnational maritime organised crime; maritime piracy; privatisation of security; non-state actors in maritime security; modern slavery in the maritime domain; human smuggling and trafficking by sea; maritime security governance and capacity building; 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. 

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, 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.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Coventry University

1 Apr 2012Nov 2014

Award Date: 24 Nov 2014

MA, Coventry University

Sep 2008Sep 2010

Award Date: 23 Nov 2010

Postgraduate Diploma, Hellenic Supreme Joint War College

Aug 2007Jul 2008

Award Date: 14 Jul 2008

Postgraduate Certificate, George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies

Jan 2007Apr 2007

Award Date: 10 Apr 2007

Degree, Hellenic Naval Academy

Nov 1984Jul 1989

Award Date: 18 Jul 1989


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