The 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.