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Maurice Beseng is a Researcher in Security and Sustainable Development at the University of Sheffield's Institute for International Development (SIID). He was formerly Postdoctoral Research Fellow in African Politics and Economics of Wildlife Trade at the University of Oxford, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit.

Maurice has held research fellowships from the Association of Commonwealth University (ACU) and AHRC. In 2019, he used the ACU Blue Charter Fellowships to work on the topic of Plastic Pollution in Fisheries. Since 2019, he has also been a visiting fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations at Coventry University working on maritime security and Ocean Justice issues.

Maurice's research interest include natural resources and justice, marine environmental crimes, political ecology of the oceans.


  • 2021–present
    Research associate, University of Sheffield's Institute for International Development


  • 2019 
    Coventry University, PhD Development Studies


  • 2021
    Conflict, Security & Development, Nancy Annan, Maurice Beseng, Gordon Crawford & James Kiven (2021) Civil society, peacebuilding from below and shrinking civic space: the case of Cameroon’s ‘Anglophone’ conflict, Conflict, Security & Development, 21:6, 697-725, DOI:10.1080/14678802.2021.1997454
  • 2021
    Conflict, Security & Development, Maritime security and the securitisation of fisheries in the Gulf of Guinea: experiences from Cameroon, DOI: 10.1080/14678802.2021.1985848
  • 2021
    African Security, The Nature and Scope of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Fisheries Crime in Cameroon: Implications for Maritime Security,
  • 2019
    Marine Policy, Cameroon's Choppy Waters: The Anatomy of Fisheries Crime in Marine Fisheries Sector-