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    Robert McCabe is Assistant Professor and Director of the MA Maritime Security Programme at the Institute for Peace and Security at Cov­entry University. Previously he has worked as a Research Asso­ciate with the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University on the British Academy Sustainable Development programme funded project SAFESEAS. He holds a PhD in History (International Security) (2016) and an MA in Military History and Stra­tegic Studies (2011) from Maynooth University. He is the author of Modern Mari­time Piracy: Genesis, Evolution and Responses (Routledge, 2018) and co-author of Europe, Small Navies and Maritime Security: Balancing Traditional Roles and Emergent Threats in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2020) and Capacity Building for Maritime Security: The Western Indian Ocean Experience (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), as well as several articles addressing maritime security, governance and development topics.

    Research Interests

    I am primarily engaged in the field of maritime security, with a particular focus on capacity building, ocean governance, and sustainable development. This includes critical maritime infrastructure protection, the constabulary role of navies and coast guards (in particular small navies), blue economic development, marine spatial planning, and how the nexus between the environment, development and maritime insecurity impacts communities, the shipping industry and the global supply chain.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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