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Amaha Senu

Research Associate
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Amaha joined SIRC as a SIRC-Nippon Foundation Fellow in September 2012. After completing a Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Social Science Research Methods at Cardiff University, he embarked on his PhD research during which he explored the governance and treatment of stowaways in the global shipping industry. He was awarded his PhD in Social Sciences (Sociology – Global Political Economy) from Cardiff University in January 2018. Before coming to Cardiff, he worked on ocean-going cargo ships as a deck Cadet after completing his B.Sc. in Nautical Science from the Regional Maritime University in Ghana. He also obtained Class 3 Certificate of Competency (Deck – Unlimited) from the same University.

Amaha is currently a Research Associate at SIRC where he is part of a team working on a project titled ‘Improving Health and Safety on Board’, funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. As part of the project, he focusses on improving mandatory equipment and ship accommodation designs. He has also worked as a Research Assistant at SIRC as well as in the School of Law and Politics. From October 2016 to June 2017, he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of Social Sciences where he taught in seminars for undergraduate modules (Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences, Year 1 and Globalisation and Social Change, Year 3).

Amaha is interested in the implications of maritime (in)security for seafarers’ lives on board, migrations at sea, global governance in the maritime domain, theories of securitisation, philosophies and methodologies in the social sciences and social theory.

Online Publication

Bueger, C., Senu, A. 2016. Knowing the Sea: The Prospects and Perils of Maritime Domain Awareness, the research portal for the study of contemporary piracy and maritime security (Online).

PhD Thesis

Senu, A. 2018. The global assemblage of multi-centred stowaway governance. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.

Conference and Seminar Presentations

Senu, A. 2017. The Transnational Security Assemblage of Stowaway Governance and its Implications, The Nautical Institute South West of England Branch, 10th January 2017, Plymouth.

Senu, A. 2016. The Transnational Security Assemblage of Stowaway Governance and its Implications, Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice Seminar Series, Cardiff University, 14th December 2016, Cardiff.

Senu, A. 2016. Beyond the Economics: Seafarers and the Challenges Posed by Stowaways, SIRC Symposium, Cardiff University, 29th -30th June 2016, Cardiff.

Senu, A. 2016. The Practice of Migration Governance through Private Business Actors in the Shipping Industry: The Case of Maritime Stowaways, New Voices in Piracy Studies: A Work in Progress Workshop, Department of Politics and International Relations, School of Law & Politics, Cardiff University, 28-29 April 2016, Cardiff.

Senu, A. 2015. Migration Governance and the Ship as a Mobile Border/ Securitized Space, 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, 23rd -26th September 2015, Giardini Naxos, Sicily.

Senu, A. & Acejo, I. 2015. Narratives and Counter-Narratives Underpinning the Construction of Maritime Stowaways, 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, 25th-28th August 2015, Prague.

Senu, A. 2014. The Impact of Undocumented Migration on the Emotional Health of Seafarers, Beyond Securitization? Pirates, Seafarers and Drugs, DPIR Postgraduate Research Conference, Cardiff University, 7th of May 2014, Cardiff.

Senu, A. & Simons, S. 2014. The Impact of Undocumented Migration and Piracy on the Emotional Health of Seafarers, The Health and Welfare of Seafarers: Past, Present and Prospects, 30 January-1 February 2014. Maritime Historical Studies Centre, University of Hull, in Partnership with Hull History Centre.

Senu, A. 2013. The intended and unintended consequences of states’ border policing, regulation and policies on undocumented migration: The case of seafarers and stowaways, SOCSI Doctoral Conference, Cardiff University, 25th June 2013; also presented at Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice Seminar Series, Cardiff University, 28th November 2013, Cardiff.


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