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Research Interests

Maritime security ; Critical infrastructure protection; British foreign, defence and security policy ; International terrorism and counter-terrorism strategy

Vision Statement

My research is predominantly focused on examining responses to presented security challenges relating to ports and coastal areas. I am currently working on a set of written outputs developing the idea of the port as a ‘site of securitisation’, shedding light on security practices undertaken. Alongside this my research time is largely focused on organising and delivering an ESRC seminar series examining the relationship between maritime (in)security and sustainable development, a project for which I am Co-Investigator. This project seeks to raise awareness of the way in which maritime insecurity impacts upon the lives of vulnerable populations, and highlight ways in which development efforts can be more responsive to the needs of these populations in the future.


Dr James A. Malcolm’s principal research interest is in maritime security, in particular port and coastal security. His work is predominantly oriented towards implementation and on to maritime security practice, and as such focuses on the responses to presented security challenges. His interest in ports stem from the important position they play as nodes in the global supply chain, hubs in the transport network and as border management locations. The focus on coastal areas meanwhile stems from their position as the connecting spaces between land and sea. Collectively ports and coastal areas can have considerable political, economic, social and cultural significance; ensuring the security of these spaces is a prominent issue to be considered.

Dr Malcolm has supplementary research interests in international terrorism and counterterrorism efforts, the foreign, defence and security policies of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and the security considerations of Island States. He has presented at both academic conferences and to non-academic audiences, alongside delivering training programmes and undertaking consultancy work for different organisations.

For further information about his research work and to read Dr Malcolm's blog please visit his personal website.

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Research Output 2013 2017

Small islands' understanding of maritime security: The cases of Mauritius and Seychelles

Malcolm, J. A. & Murday, L. 2017 In : Journal of the Indian Ocean Region. 13, 2, p. 234-256 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

island state
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marine policy
1 Citations

Sustainability as Maritime Security: A Small Island Developing State Perspective?

Malcolm, J. 2 May 2017 In : Global Policy. 8, 2, p. 237-245 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations

Maritime security in Indonesia: Towards a comprehensive agenda?

Chapsos, I. & Malcolm, J. A. 4 Dec 2016 In : Marine Policy. 76, February 2017, p. 178–184

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations
Open Access
10 Citations

Project argus and the resilient citizen

Malcolm, J. A. Dec 2013 In : Politics. 33, 4, p. 311-321 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

knowledge transfer

Activities 2009 2015

  • 7 Participation in conference

9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations: The Worlds of Violence

Malcolm, J. (Session Chair)
23 Sep 201526 Sep 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

BISA-ISA Conference

Malcolm, J. (Speaker)
22 Jun 2012

Activity: Participation in conference

British International Studies Association Annual Conference

Malcolm, J. (Co-convenor)
9 Nov 2011

Activity: Participation in conference

British International Studies Association Annual Conference

Malcolm, J. (Co-convenor)
12 Dec 2009

Activity: Participation in conference

2nd Annual Graduate Conference in Security Studies - Security Beyond Borders?

Malcolm, J. (Co-convenor)
11 Jun 200912 Jun 2009

Activity: Participation in conference