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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; smuggling and trafficking related crimes by sea (humans, arms); maritime security governance and capacity building; maritime security policies and strategies; SE Asia; Indonesia.



Dr. Ioannis Chapsos is the Research Lead in Maritime Security in CU's Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR). His research aim is 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 focuses both on the traditional state-centric concept and the contemporary human security approach as well as the increasing involvement of non-state actors in international security as victims, perpetrators and security providers. His research interests also encompass the global trend of privatisation of maritime security and the potential implications in international security.

His current research is focused on the maritime security comprehensive approach and he works in a number of research projects where he investigates the links between illegal (IUU) fishing and transnational organised maritime crime in the fishing industry and the respective strategies, responses to challenges and threats, as well as their implications on coastal communities, particularly in SE Asia (Indonesia). 

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, 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

MA, Coventry University

Sep 2008Sep 2010

Postgraduate Diploma, Hellenic Supreme Joint War College

Aug 2007Jul 2008

Postgraduate Certificate, George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies

Jan 2007Apr 2007

Degree, Hellenic Naval Academy

Nov 1984Jul 1989

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Research Output

Illegal Fishing and Fisheries Crime as a Transnational Organized Crime in Indonesia

Chapsos, I. & Hamilton, S., 15 Sep 2019, In : Trends in Organized Crime. 22, 3, p. 255-273 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    250 Downloads (Pure)

    Involving Local Fishing Communities in Policy Making: Addressing Illegal Fishing in Indonesia

    Chapsos, I., Koning, J. & Noortmann, M., 1 Nov 2019, In : Marine Policy. 109, 103708.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Prosecuting Pirates: Maritime Piracy and Indonesian Law

    Fenton, A. J. & Chapsos, I., 3 Jun 2019, In : Australian Journal of Asian Law. 19, 2, 16 p., 4.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Maritime security in Indonesia: Towards a comprehensive agenda?

    Chapsos, I. & Malcolm, J. A., Feb 2017, In : Marine Policy. 76, p. 178–184

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    190 Downloads (Pure)

    Maritime Terrorism

    Chapsos, I. & Noortmann, M., 2017, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behaviour. Moghaddam, F. M. (ed.). Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, Vol. 2. p. 462 - 463 2 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    • 9 Participation in conference
    • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 2 Consultancy
    • 2 Invited talk

    Fostering Projection of Stability through Maritime Security: Achieving Enhanced Capabilities and Operational Effectiveness

    Ioannis Chapsos (Speaker)
    5 Jun 20187 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Why Maritime Security Matters? Human exploitation in the Indonesian fishing industry

    Ioannis Chapsos (Speaker)
    28 Feb 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Maritime Challenges & Blue Economy Opportunities

    Ioannis Chapsos (Speaker)
    28 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Weapons on Vessels? States, Private Security and Responsibility for Responding to Maritime Threats

    Ioannis Chapsos (Speaker)
    17 Nov 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Press / Media

    Maritime Security: An Interview with Ioannis Chapsos

    Ioannis Chapsos


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Iran tanker seizure: What's so important about a ship's flag?

    Ioannis Chapsos


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    East Mediterranean: Prospects, challenges, opportunities

    Ioannis Chapsos


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    LSPR Dan Coventry University Kolaborasi Dirikan Jurusan Komunikasi Maritim

    Ioannis Chapsos


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities