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Maurice Beseng is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), Coventry University. Maurice research interest focuses on IUU fishing-fisheries crime nexus and its manifestation as a transnational organised crimce (TOC) and the regional implications in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). Maurice's current research seeks to assess the Maritime Security Governance of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) and other maritime crimes in Cameroon.
Maurice has a multidisciplinary background having earned a B.Sc in Botany/Environmental science; a Postgraduate Diploma in Women and Gender Studies; an MA in Peace and Reconciliation Studies and a Joint European M.Sc in Water and Coastal Management.
Prior to commencing the PhD in September 2015, Maurice worked in Local Government and the third sector, engaging with local communities through projects and programmes to enhance their socio-economic development.
Maurice's key research outputs include to two book chapters around grassroot activism in land rights and environmental governance.


Research Interests

Illegal, Unreported & Unregulated Fishing

Fisheries Crime

Transnational Organised Crime

Maritime Security Governance


Vision Statement

My vision is to see  actors at sub-national level engaging with national and regional actors in all decision making process in construction of maritime security governance regimes.  In my research I work with civil society and and state actors at sub-national  level to understand their experiences and uncover research gaps with the aim to advocate for a wider range of perspectives to issues of maritime insecurity and governance

PhD Project

The Maritime Security Turn in Fisheries Governance: Assessing State and Non-State Actors Response in Combatting Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in Cameroon

Education / Academic qualification

Peace Studies, MA, Coventry University

21 Sep 200730 Aug 2008

Water and Coastal Management, MSc, Plymouth University

… → 30 Jun 2007

Gender Studies, Postgraduate Diploma, University of Buea

… → 31 Aug 2004


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Maritime security, Human security, Ocean Governance

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Cameroon Social Sciences
resistance movement Social Sciences
protest movement Social Sciences
militancy Social Sciences
mobilization Social Sciences
farmer Social Sciences
governance Social Sciences
livelihood Social Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2009 2016

Space Partners or Mortal Enemies: Contentious Lands, Farmer–Grazier Conflicts and Women's Militancy in Cameroon

Fonchingong, C. & Beseng, M. U. 2016 Land Reforms and Natural Resource Conflicts in Africa: New Development Paradigms in the Era of Global Liberalization. Lumumba-Kasongo, T. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 55-74 19 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter


Traditions of Women's Social Protest Movements and Collective Mobilisation: Lessons from Aghem and Kedjom Women

Fonchingong, C., Yenshu, E. & Beseng, M. U. 2009 Civil Society and the Search for Development Alternatives in Cameroon. Dakar, Senegal: African Books Collective, p. 125-141 13 p. 6

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

Open Access
resistance movement
protest movement