Dr. Ioannis Chapsos


Name:                     Dr Ioannis Chapsos

Date of Birth:      1st October 1966

E-mail:                     ab2705@coventry.ac.uk


Web-site: http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-directories/researchers/loannis-chapsos/

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ioannischapsos

Academia.edu: https://coventry.academia.edu/IoannisChapsos




PhD – Security Studies Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), Coventry University (April 2012 – October 2014).

Thesis: The Privatisation of International Security: The regulatory framework for Private Maritime Security Companies, using operations off Somalia, 2005-13, as a case study


Master of Arts – Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security, Coventry University (2010) with merit.


Bachelor of Science (BSc) – Naval Science, Hellenic Naval Academy (1984-9), Piraeus Greece


Diplomas- Certificates:

Diploma in International Security and Strategy, Hellenic Supreme Joint War College (2008) with merit, Thessaloniki, Greece


Certificate – Executive Programme in Advanced Security Studies, George C. Marshall Centre for Security Studies (2007), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany




1st June 2012- Current: Research Fellow in Maritime Security

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), Coventry University, UK


June 2008-April 2012: Lecturer

Hellenic Supreme Joint War College/ Security and Strategy Department, Thessaloniki – Greece


November 1984 – June 2008: Captain, Hellenic Navy, Greece




  • A MoU signed with IOM/Indonesia, in the framework of my long-term involvement in the country as consultant/ maritime security expert, includes so far the following warded/ delivered projects:
  • Maritime Security and Migrant Protection in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea (23-27 July 2016).
  • Promoting Enhanced Coordination in Combatting Transnational Organized Crime at Sea for 2016 and Beyond (4-9 Mar. 2016)
  • Building Partnerships for Indonesian Maritime Security (9-18 Sep. 2015)
  • Focus Group Discussion in Maritime Security (19-26 Apr. 2015)
  • Training of Trainers in Maritime Security (8-11 Dec 2014, 27-30 July 2016)


  • Building trust to enhance maritime security (September 2014 – July 2015): Secured funding (€40,000) from NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme, convened and delivered jointly with the ‘Small Arms Survey’ a two–day expert Advanced Research Workshop entitled ‘Building trust to enhance maritime security’.


  • Stockpiles at Sea: Floating Armouries in the Indian Ocean (February 2014 – May 2015): Secured funding from the Small Arms Survey, to conduct primary research in the UK, Greece, UAE and Sri Lanka, aiming to contribute a chapter in the Small Arms Survey 2015 Yearbook, focused on floating armouries in the Indian Ocean.


  • Illegal Migration Flows in the Mediterranean (September 2014 – May 2015): Contributed as named researcher (consultant) in a  multi-national  consortium,  in  a  project  funded  by  the  French Ministry of Defence.




Books and Articles


  1. Chapsos, I. (2016) ‘Is Maritime Security a Traditional Security Challenge?’ in Anthony J. Masys (Ed) Exploring the Security Landscape: Non-Traditional Security Challenges. Springer International Publishing Switzerland


  1. Noortmann, M. & Chapsos, I. (2015) Private Military and Security Companies: A Transnational Legal Approach. In Anrnauld, Matz-Luck and Odendahl (eds) 100 Years of Peace Through Law: Past and Future. Berlin: Dunker & Humblot, pg. 257-275


  1. Ioannis Chapsos and Cassie Kitchen (eds) (2015) Strengthening Maritime Security through Cooperation, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, Human and Societal Dynamics – Vol. 122, Amsterdam: IOS Press, Dordrecht: Springer


  1. Ioannis Chapsos and Paul Holtom (2015) ‘Stockpiles at Sea: Floating Armouries in the Indian Ocean.’ In Small Arms Survey Yearbook 2015: Weapons and the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Ch.8. pp. 216–41


  1. Holtom, P. and Chapsos, I. (Nov. 2014) ‘Floating armouries in the Indian Ocean and the risk of diversion involving private maritime security companies’. Written evidence published by the Committee on Arms Exports Controls, UK Parliament


  1. Chapsos, I., Belt, D. and Samardžić, D. (2013) ‘Maritime Security Challenges in South-East Europe’ in Cross, S. et all ed. Shaping South East Europe’s Security Community for the Twenty First Century: Trust, Partnership, Integration, Palgrave Macmillan/ New Security Challenges Series.




  1. Ioannis Chapsos (May. 20, 2016) “EgyptAir MS804: search and rescue at sea is never easy”, The Conversation, available online from https://theconversation.com/egyptair-ms804-search-and-rescue-at-sea-is-never-easy-59766