Centre for European and International Studies Research

PhD profile

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Ms Sophie Quintin Adali

  • Qualifications: BA in English (licence-es-lettres), Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France (1989). Diploma in International Relations and Law, University College of Wales Aberystwyth (1991). LLM in International Public Law, University of Bristol (1994). MA in European Studies, University of Portsmouth (2013).
  • Role Title: PhD researcher and maritime security research cluster co-ordinator for the West Africa Peace and Security Network
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone:
  • Email: sophie.quintin-adali@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


After completing a traineeship with the European Commission in Brussels in 1995 I embarked on an international career for ECHO and the European Commission in conflict areas in the Great Lakes region (Rwanda) and the Balkans region (1995-2005).

Since 2008 my opinion pieces on French Foreign Policy, international security and EU affairs have been published in leading international newspapers.

My MA research explored Franco-Russian relations by focusing on their military cooperation under the title “From the battleship Tsesarevitch to the Vladivostok LHD: Why military power is an enduring and salient feature of Franco-Russian cooperation.” (Distinction)

I am an RYA/MCA qualified skipper with plenty of sea miles under the keel including a trans-Pacific crossing (Panama to French Polynesia, spring 2014).


My PhD project focuses on the nexus between maritime and energy security with the Gulf of Guinea as a case study.

The economic prosperity of the world depends largely on an open and secure global maritime domain. In recent years growing insecurity in energy-rich maritime spaces vital for the exploitation and/or transport of energy has put maritime security back on the busy international agenda.

The study explores in a comparative analysis perspective the maritime security responses of three major sea powers and allies - the USA, France and the United Kingdom.

Other research interests include: French foreign and defence policy, Franco-British defence and security partnership, Russian sea power and the Law of the Sea

Research Clusters

Development studies and security issues.

Discipline Areas

International Relations, Maritime Security, Area Studies.


  • French (mother tongue).
  • English (fluent).
  • Turkish (intermediate), Spanish (intermediate), Italian (conversational), Japanese (basic).