Publications, Funding and Presentations

I have published my research across a range of peer-reviewed journals. Some of these are available open access to read, but if they are not, please email me and I will look at sending you a version of the article.

In the below paper with my Coventry University colleague Dr Ioannis Chapsos we use the case study of Indonesia to explore what a more comprehensive conceptualisation of maritime security could look like. This paper captures Coventry’s approach to maritime security which recognises the diversity of security threats associated with the maritime domain (i.e. beyond state-on-state naval conflict capturing human security dimensions) and the intertwined relationship between (in)security on land and at sea.

In 2021, I was delighted that a paper with Dr Maurice Beseng, one of my former PhD researchers was published by the journal Conflict, Security and Development. In this paper we explore the way in which the fisheries sector in Cameroon has been securitised in recent years. This paper’s development was led by Dr Beseng and is grounded in his extensive fieldwork in Cameroon.

  • Beseng, M. and Malcolm, J.A. (2021) Maritime security and the securitisation of fisheries in the Gulf of Guinea: experiences from Cameroon, Conflict, Security and Development, 21:5, pp. 517-539. Read it here.

My research on port security was most fully been captured in my 2011 PhD thesis which is available to read here.

Some of the analysis in my PhD, particularly around the spatial dimension to port security is outlined in my 2016 article in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations below.

  • Malcolm, J.A. (2016) Responding to International Terrorism: the securitisation of the United Kingdom’s ports, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol. 18, Issue 2. It can be read here.

Continuing the theme of exploring practice relating to counter-terrorism in the UK, I wrote an article that set out the way in which members of the public had been drawn further into counter-terrorism efforts.

  • Malcolm, J.A. (2013) Project Argus and the Resilient Citizen, Politics, Vol. 33, Issue 4. It can be read here.

My research on the maritime security considerations of small island developing states is captured in two papers. The first of these papers emerged out of a presentation I delivered at a Hague Institute event on oceans governance. The paper begins the process of outlining the way in which maritime security challenges are publicly articulated by Small Island Developing States in order to better understand the backdrop against which security policy and practice emerge. 

  • Malcolm, J.A. (2017) Sustainability as Maritime Security: A Small Islands Developing State perspective? Global Policy, 8:2, pp. 237-245. Available here.

The second paper was written with a colleague from the University of Mauritius, Linganaden Murday. We map out the characteristics and influencing factors of Mauritius’ and Seychelles’ maritime security and explore how each country has responded to a particular maritime security challenge.

  • Malcolm, J.A. and Murday, L. (2017) Small islands’ understanding of maritime security: the cases of Mauritius and Seychelles. Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 13:2, pp. 234-256. Available here.


    My research has been generously supported financially:
  • 2015-2016, Principal Investigator, ‘Responding to Illicit Trafficking and Smuggling: capacity-building efforts in Small Island Developing States’, Coventry University Pump Prime Research Funding, £4851.99.
  • 2013-2015, Co-Investigator, Research Seminar Series, ‘Fostering Sustainable Development: Examining the challenges posed by maritime insecurity’, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), approx. £27,000.
  • 2008-2010, +3 PhD scholarship, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), approx. £32,000.

I attend conferences in order to gain feedback on works in progress and share ideas with colleagues internationally. My most recent conference involvement was a virtual presentation at the European International Studies Association’s, 14th Pan-European Conference on International Relations in September 2021. Here I delivered a paper looking at the way in which Seychelle’s activities around maritime security illustrate the leadership SIDS can offer within international relations.

Alongside journal articles I have written for CTPSR’s maritime security briefing series and sought to publicly explore prominent news issues relating to my areas of interest. This included a commentary piece on irregular migration across the Mediterranean (see below) and a series of BBC radio appearances to discuss irregular migration by small boats across the English Channel.

  • Malcolm, J.A. with McMahon, Simon (April 2015) Humanitarian emergency is being used to justify dangerous measures to stop migration, The Conversation. It can be read here.

If you are interested in discussing any of my research or seek expert insights on maritime security, please do not hesitate to contact me.