Piracy-studies.org – The research portal for the study of contemporary piracy and maritime security

british_sailors_boarding_an_algerine_pirate_shipThe forthcoming African Union extraordinary summit on maritime security and development makes it opportune for WAPSN to present this excellent resource for those researching piracy and more generally maritime security.

Piracy Studies is a research portal for the study of contemporary piracy and maritime security that facilitates inter-disciplinary collaboration and makes academic research on piracy and maritime security available to a wider audience.

The portal provides  a space for sharing academic resources related to the study of piracy and maritime security and publishes short research-based comments on contemporary developments or recent research results. The portal is edited by  a team of researchers that started to work on African piracy in 2009. The portal is currently hosted at Cardiff University, Wales, UK and  is partially sponsored by a grant by the Economic and Social Research Council [ES/K008358/1].

The page presently has three main sections:

1) A comment and analysis section;

2) A collection of resources, that is links to research projects,  useful information, or key international actors. You might also visit our SPAM section, for the more humorous part of studying piracy;

3) the page “Academic Literature” contains an extended bibliography on contemporary maritime piracy, which is hosted on the Mendeley platform. The bibliography contains over 300 references on piracy from various disciplines and is frequently updated. The reference data is open source and can  be imported in other reference formats using the Mendeley platform. Further information on authors and editors can be found here.


2 thoughts on “Piracy-studies.org – The research portal for the study of contemporary piracy and maritime security

  1. Modern maritime piracy has become a significant issue which costs the global economy $24.5 billion per year. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) reports that attacks in major waterways have increased over the past decades. Extensive research has been done with regard to countering piracy and understanding the resurgence of attacks since the early ‘. What are the mechanisms which drive different people in different countries across the globe to all participate in such illegal activities? One of these mechanisms is addressed in a research notes article recently published in the journal

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