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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 and Course Director  of CTPSR’s MA in Maritime Security. 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. My research is focused on minimising the ‘sea blindness’ and highlight the inseparable land-sea nexus, aiming at feeding into sustainable policy responses, robust maritime security governance and building maritime security capacities wherever required. I focus both on the traditional state-centric concept as well as on the contemporary human security approach and the increasing number of non-state actors involved in security provision.

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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Projects 2014 2019

Research Output 2015 2018

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

Chapsos, I. & Hamilton, S., 30 Jan 2018, In : Trends in Organized Crime. (in press), p. (in press) 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
organized crime
forced labor

Prosecuting Pirates: Maritime Piracy and Indonesian Law

Fenton, A. J. & Chapsos, I., 18 Oct 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Australian Journal of Asian Law. 19, 2, p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

UN Convention
rights and responsibilities

Human Trafficking, Forced Labour and Fisheries Crime in the Indonesian Fishing Industry

International Organization for Migration, Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries & Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia: International Organization for Migration. 148 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
forced labor

Is Maritime Security a Traditional Security Challenge?

Chapsos, I., 2016, Exploring the Security Landscape: Non-Traditional Security Challenges. Masys, A. J. (ed.). Springer Verlag

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
international security
human security

Activities 2014 2018

  • 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

Scalable Multidimensional Situation Awareness Solution for Protecting European Ports

Ioannis Chapsos (Consultant)
26 Apr 2018

Activity: Consultancy

Sustainable Ocean Development

Ioannis Chapsos (Organising Committee)
6 Mar 20179 Mar 2017

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

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

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

IIMS dan PPAL Susun Maritime Policy Indonesia

Ioannis Chapsos


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Search and Rescue at Sea - Egyptair crash

Ioannis Chapsos


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment