• Juliette and the locals


      Maintain and manage maritime resources


    The aim is to foster cooperation between coastal communities and law enforcement agencies in order to redress transnational organised maritime crimes in Indonesia and advance Indonesia's maritime security. Indonesia is investigated because of its unique maritime geography and the evidenced impact of transnational organised maritime crime on its national and local economies. Indonesia's waters are the scene of crimes such as illegal fishing, human trafficking, sea robbery, piracy, and smuggling. With its approximated 17,000 islands and 57,000 km coastline, the Indonesian land-sea nexus is crucial in the country's maritime security; it is on this nexus that coastal communities and law enforcement agencies meet. The project compares and relates the different attitudes of these two main 'actors' in the fields of transnational organised crime and maritime security and aspires to translate the findings into operational programmes and advance solutions based in enhanced understandings of the perception and practices of Indonesia's coastal communities and enforcement agencies.


    To achieve this overall aim, the interrelated objectives of the research project are the following:

    1. To investigate the coastal communities' and law enforcement agency's understanding of the maritime dimension of transnational organised crime
    2. To assess and improve the efficiency of law enforcement in the maritime domain
    3. To recommend more effective and cooperative solutions that include coastal communities in combatting maritime crimes
    4. To base those recommendations on interdisciplinary research that involves coastal communities and enforcement agencies in the research process.