Mr Rory Hopcraft

Mr Rory Hopcraft

Industrial Researcher (Cybersecurity/AI)

Faculty of Science and Engineering

I am currently an Industrial Researcher working on the EU Horizon 2020 Cyber-MAR project.



  • PhD (ongoing) in Cybersecurity, Royal Holloway University of London
  • MSc (2016) in Geopolitics and Security, Royal Holloway University of London
  • BSc (2012) in Geography and Global Politics, Canterbury Christ Church University

Previous Positions:

  • July 2019 - Sept 2019 -- Maritime Technology and Regulation Intern, BIMCO, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • June 2019 -- Research Intern, International Maritime Organisation, London, UK

Teaching interests

Interested in teaching all aspects of maritime regulation and cybersecurity, and will be supporting the delivery of cyber-related content to non-technical students.

Research interests

My research primarily focuses on the regulatory aspects of maritime cybersecurity. I am interested in understanding how the international community manage cyber threat, and create governance frameworks that help increase security. My current focus is on the skills and training needed by the digital seafarer. I enjoy adopting and inter-disciplinary approach to my work, and exploring new topics and themes, these include (but not limited to) maritime security, piracy, environmental protection, sustainability and critical infrastructure protection.

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Hopcraft R & Martin KM 2018 'Effective maritime cybersecurity regulation – the case for a cyber code' Journal of the Indian Ocean Region 14, (3) 354-366 , DOI
Conference Papers
Berner G, Hopcraft R, Scanlan J, Lutzhoft M & Earthy J 2018 'A virtual teams model for supporting maritime technology management' Royal Institution of Naval Architects Human Factors Conference 9-/-0/20189-/-0/2018
Other Publications

Hopcraft, R. & Martin, K. (2018b), ‘Why 50,000 Ships Are So Vulnerable to Cyberattacks’,The Conversation. Available at:\\-to-cyberattacks-98041.

Hopcraft R & Martin K Why 50,000 ships are so vulnerable to cyberattacks. The Conversation