Research Associate, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

Lisa has an interest in Conflict and Security Studies, where she is particularly interested in non-traditional threats to security. This has led her to develop expertise in the area of maritime security, and she has published on a variety of issues under this rubric, including: piracy and maritime crime in Africa, the political economy of piracy, the nexus between natural resource governance and transnational organised crime in the maritime domain, and the placement of maritime security in African foreign policies. Further to this, Lisa is also interested in how African countries conduct their foreign affairs, principally through the lens of power, and conflict.

Lisa has taken an interdisciplinary approach to her research, and is motivated to conduct research that also has practical applicability for practitioners and interested stakeholders.

Lisa holds BA and BA Honours degrees in subjects of Politics and International Relations from the University of Johannesburg and a first-class MA in International Peace and Security from King’s College London. In 2016 she received her D.Litt et Phil in Political Studies from the University of Johannesburg. Her doctoral project constituted an in-depth study of maritime crime in West Africa, during which time she conducted visiting research at the International Maritime Organisation and the University of Greenwich’s Maritime Institute.

Before joining Coventry, Lisa worked at the South African think tanks the Institute for Security Studies and the South African Institute of International Affairs, and in political risk analysis in Johannesburg and London.


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    Research Associate, Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations, Coventry University