Maritime Security


The UK’s security and prosperity strongly depend on the stability of the global maritime order. 95% of our import/export in volume is by sea; almost all our digital communication transits via undersea cables; our service economy relies on access to components such as semi-conductors shipped to the UK and on the free flow of digital communication. Yet, the maritime domain is increasingly under pressure and a dangerous place to operate, from state disruptors and their proxies who disrupt freedom of navigation, to the increase in maritime crime (such as illegal fishing) to the effects of climate change on the ocean.

Our aim is to raise awareness of the crucial importance of the sea for security and to offer solutions to address current challenges facing the global maritime order. We specifically work on the following areas:

  • The concept and practice of seapower
  • Maritime crime
  • Maritime geopolitics
  • The effects of climate change on maritime security
  • Freedom of navigation
  • Cyber maritime security
  • Autonomous/uncrewed fleet


Basil Germond

Professor Basil Germond SFHEA FRGS

Professor of International Security

Centre for War and Diplomacy, ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, Richardson Institute for Peace Studies, Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Policy, Law and Ethics), Security Lancaster (Security Futures), Security Lancaster (Societal Threats)

Daniel Prince

Professor Daniel Prince

Professor of Cyber Security

Cyber Security Research Centre (Security Group), Cyber Threat Lab, i-DID , SCC (Security), Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Academic Centre of Excellence), Security Lancaster (Systems Security)

B64, B - Floor, InfoLab21
Joe Burton

Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Behavioural Science), Security Lancaster (Policing), Security Lancaster (Policy, Law and Ethics), Security Lancaster (Secure Machine Learning and Intelligence), Security Lancaster (Societal Threats), Security Lancaster (Sociology)

Simona Soare

Dr Simona Soare

Senior Lecturer

Ethics Values and Policy Initiative , Security Lancaster