Prof Helen Sampson

Director Seafarers International Research Centre
Tel +44 (0)29 2087 4475 / 4620

Helen Sampson joined the Seafarers International Research Centre in 1999. She became a Senior Research Associate in 2001 and Deputy Director of SIRC in 2002. In September 2003 Helen was appointed as SIRC’s Director. Helen has a background in policy-related teaching and research. Her first degree is in Sociology and she holds a Postgraduate Certificate of Education PGCE (Economics and Social Studies – FE/Secondary) and a PhD.

At SIRC Helen’s research interests have developed in relation to multinational crewing, training, women seafarers, the impact of changing technology on seafarers’ work, issues of regulation, family life, globalisation, and seafarer health and safety.

Helen's previous roles have included: specialist advisor to the House of Commons' Transport Committee (2013); member of the European Commission's Task Force on Maritime Employment and Competitiveness chaired by Sir Robert Coleman (2013-2015); member of Programmatic review panel for the National Maritime College Ireland (2012); External Examiner World Maritime University Sweden (2010-2012) Judge BSA/BBC Ethnography Award (2015); Judge for the International Seafarers' Welfare Award for 'Shipping Company of the Year' (2016); Scientific Advisor at RISKOP Stord Haugesund University Norway (2013-2019); advisor to Sailor's Society Advocacy campaign (2018); member of the editorial board of the BSA journal, Work, employment and society (2017-2020).

Current roles include: member of International Sociological Association RC30 board which focuses upon the sociology of work; Scientific Advisor to EMSAFE (NORCE Norwegian Research Centre); Commissioner on the UK government's Maritime Skills Commission (MSC); Member of International Maritime Health Foundation's expert panel. 

Awards and Nominations

The World of the Seafarer: Qualitative Accounts of Working in the Global Shipping Industry nominated for the Maritime Foundation's Mountbatten Award for Best Book 2021.

Faith and the welfare of seafarers working on cargo ships nominated for the Maritime Foundation's Babcock International First Sea Lord's Award for Best Use of Digital Media 2021.

'Greener shipping? A consideration of the issues associated with the introduction of emission control areas', (Sampson et al) shortlisted for best Maritime Policy & Management paper 2016. 

International Seafarers and transnationalism in the twenty first century  nominated for the Maritime Foundation's Mountbatten Maritime Award 2014

International Seafarers and transnationalism in the twenty first century won the 2014 Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography presented by the BBC in partnership with the British Sociological Association

'Corporate Social Responsibility and the Quality of Seafarers Accommodation and Recreational Facilities' (Ellis, Sampson) won the ‘Best Paper Award’ at IMISS 2013 – 2nd International Maritime and Near Miss Reporting Conference.

Short Articles
SIRC Reports
Other Reports
Industry Related Publications
Chapters in Books/Articles Reproduced in Books
Authored publications/presentations in Maritime/General Press
Media appearances
Media Articles/Programmes Referencing Work
Online presentations/films
Keynote Addresses/Guest Lectures 
Round Tables/Panels 
Policy Workshops
Conference/Seminar Papers
Book Reviews


Sampson, H., Turgo, N., Cadge, W., Gilliat-Ray, S. (Forthcoming) Chaplaincy and Seafarers: Faith at Work, Oxford University Press.

Sampson, H. (2024) Sea-Time: An Ethnographic Adventure, Routledge, ISBN 9781032576060.

Gekara, V.O., Sampson, H. (2021) The World of the Seafarer: qualitative accounts of working in the global shipping industry, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-49825-2.

Sampson, H. (2018) Trabalhadores marítimos internacionais e transnacionalismo no século XXI. Translated into Portuguese by Fernando Ramalho Martins, Unicamp Press, ISBN 978-85-268-1476-9.

Sampson, H. (2014) International seafarers and transnationalism in the twenty-first century,  ISBN 978-0-7190-9553-5, Paperback (see Awards).

Sampson, H. (2013) International Seafarers and transnationalism in the twenty-first century, Manchester University Press (MUP), ISBN 978-0-7190-8868-1, Hardback (see Awards).

Belcher, P., Sampson, H.,Thomas, M.,Veiga, J. and Zhao, M. (2003). Women seafarers: Global employment policies and practices. Geneva: International Labour Office. ISBN 92-2-113491-1.

Alderton, T., Bloor, M., Kahveci, E., Lane, T., Sampson, H., Thomas, M., Winchester, N., Wu, B., Zhao, M. (2004) The global seafarer: living and working conditions in a globalized industry, 224 pp, ILO, Geneva, ISBN 92-2-112713-3.

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Cadge, W., Turgo, N., Gilliat-Ray, S., Sampson, H., Smith, G. (2023) 'The work of port chaplains: views from seafarers served', Journal of Contemporary Religion, DOI: 0.1080/13537903.2021.1986311

Sampson, H., Turgo, N., Cadge, W., Gilliat-Ray, S., Smith, G. (2022) 'Overstretched and under-resourced': The corporate neglect of port welfare services for seafarers, Maritime Policy & Management, Vol 50 Issue 7, DOI: 10.1080/03088839.2022.2084788.

Turgo, N., Cadge, W., Gilliat-Ray, S., Sampson, H., Smith, G. (2022) 'Relying on the kindness of strangers: Welfare providers to seafarers and the symbolic construction of community', Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, DOI: 10.1177/08912416221092001.

Sampson, H. (2022) 'Beyond the State': The limits of international regulation and the example of abandoned seafarers', Marine Policy, Vol 140,

Gilliat-Ray, S., Cadge, W., Sampson, H., Turgo, N., Smith, G. (2022) 'Here today, gone tomorrow': the risks and rewards of port chaplaincy, Journal of Beliefs & Values, DOI: 10.1080/13617672.2022.2039982. 

Turgo, N., Sampson, H. (2021) 'What is immediate and obvious feels real': National identity and emotional vulnerabilities in the field, Methodological Innovations, DOI: 10.0077/20597991211035526

Smith, G., Turgo, N., Cadge, W., Gilliat-Ray, S., Sampson, H. (2021) 'A working theology: an evaluation of the popular beliefs of Roman Catholic Filipino seafarers', Practical Theology, DOI: 10.1080/1756073X.2021.1951945.

Sampson, H., Ellis, N. (2020) 'Stepping up: the need for Proactive Employer Investment in Safeguarding Seafarers' Mental Health and Wellbeing, Maritime Policy & Management, DOI: 10.1080/03088839.2020.1867918

Sampson, H. (2020) 'Patterns in Horse-Human Relationships: The Case of Wales', Society and Animals, 28: 333-356, (Online 2018, 26: 1-24).  DOI: 10.1163/15685306-12341506. 

Poulsen, R.T., Sampson, H. (2020) 'A swift turnaround? Abating shipping greenhouse gas emissions via port call optimization', Transportation Research Part D, Vol 86, DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2020.102460.

Sampson, H. et al (2020) ‘Harmony of the Seas?: Work, faith and religious difference among multinational migrant workers on board cargo ships’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 43:16 (287-305), DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2020.1776362.

Sampson, H., Johannessen, I. (2020) 'Turning on the Tap: The benefits of using 'real life' vignettes in qualitative research interviews', Qualitative Research, 20(1): 56-72, DOI: 10.1177/1468794118816618.

Poulsen, R.T., Sampson, H. (2019) 'Swinging on the anchor': The difficulties in achieving greenhouse gas abatement in shipping via virtual arrival', Transportation Research Part D, 73: 230-244, DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2019.07.007.

Sampson, H., Turgo, N., Acejo, I., Ellis, N., Tang, L. (2019) 'Between a rock and a hard place': the implications of lost autonomy and trust for professionals at sea, Work, Employment and Society, 33(4): 648-665, DOI: 10.1177/0950017018821284.

Sampson, H. and Turgo, N. (2018) 'Finding the way in to a global industry! The usefulness of elite events to social science researchers' Journal of Organizational Ethnography, DOI 10.1108/JOE-04-2017-0022

Sampson, H. (2017) 'Fluid fields' and the dynamics of risk in social research, Qualitative Research. DOI: 10.1177/1468794117746085.

Tang, L. and Sampson, H. (2017) 'Improving training outcomes: the significance of motivation when learning about new shipboard technology', Journal of Vocational Education & Training. DOI 10.1080/13636820.2017.1392997.

Walters, D., James, P., Sampson, H., Bhattacharya, S., Xue, C. and Wadsworth, E. (2016). 'Supply Chain Leverage and Regulating Health and Safety Management in Shipping', Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, 71(1): 33-56. DOI: 10.7202/1035901ar.

Sampson, H. (2016) "Seabirds Matter More Than Us!" Understanding the Complex Exercise of CSR in the Global Shipping IndustryJournal of Sustainable Mobility, 3(2):101-119. DOI 10.9774/GLEAF.23502016de.00007.

Sampson, H., Bloor, M., Baker, S. and Dahlgren, K. (2016). 'Greener shipping? A consideration of the issues associated with the introduction of emission control areas', Maritime Policy & Management, 43(3): 295-308. DOI: 10.1080/03088839.2015.1040862.  Shortlisted for best paper 2016.   

Sampson, H., Tang, L. (2016) ‘Strange things happen at sea: training and new technology in a multi-billion global industry’, Journal of Education and Work, 29(8): 980-994. DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2015.1102213

James, P., Walters, D., Sampson, H., Wadsworth, E. (2015) 'Protecting workers through supply chains: Lessons from two construction case studies', Economic and Industrial Democracy, 36(4): 727-747. DOI:10.1177/0143831X14532296.

James, P., Walters, D., Sampson, H., Wadsworth, E. (2015) 'Regulating the employment dynamics of domestic supply chains', Journal of Industrial Relations, 57(4): 526-543. DOI: 10.1177/0022185615582235 (Special Issue) Supply Chains, HRM and Labour Standards).

Bloor, M., Baker, S., Sampson, H. and Dahlgren, K. (2015). 'Enforcement Issues in the Governance of Ships’ Carbon Emissions'. Laws, 4(3): 335-351. DOI:10.3390/laws4030335. (Special Issue Climate Change and International Economic Law: Chiasms and Complementarities, 24 July 2015).

Sampson, H. and Ellis, N. (2015). 'Elusive corporate social responsibility (CSR) in global shipping'. Journal of Global Responsibility, 6(1): 80-9. DOI 10.1108/JGR-08-2014-0028.

Bloor, M., Sampson, H., Baker, S. and Dahlgren, K. (2015). 'Useful but no Oracle: Reflections on the use of a Delphi Group in a multi-methods policy research study (First published online September 2013)'. Qualitative Research, 15(1): 57-70. DOI: 10.1177/1468794113504103

Bloor, M., Sampson, H., Gekara, V. (2014) 'Global governance of training standards in an outsourced labor force: the training double bind in seafarer license and certification assessments', Regulation & Governance, 8(4), 455-471. DOI: 10.1111/rego.12042.

Sampson, H., Walters, D., James, P. and Wadsworth, E. (2014). 'Making headway? Regulatory compliance in the shipping industry'. Social & Legal Studies, 23(3): 383-402. DOI: 10.1177/0964663914529684.

Bloor, M., Sampson, H., Baker, S. and Dahlgren, K. (2013). 'The instrumental use of technical doubts: Technological controversies, investment decisions and air pollution controls in the global shipping industry'. Science and Public Policy, 42(2): 234-244. DOI: 10.1093/scipol/sct050.

Gekara, V. O., Acejo, I. and Sampson, H. (2013). 'Re-Imagining Global Union Representation Under Globalisation: A Case of Seafaring Labour & the Nautilus International Cross-Border Merger'. Global Labour Journal, 4(3): 167-185. DOI: 10.15173/glj.v4i3.1139.

Bloor, M., Sampson, H., Baker, S., Walters, D., Dahlgren, K., Wadsworth, E. and James, P. (2013). 'Room for manoeuvre? Regulatory compliance in the global shipping industry'. Social & Legal Studies, 22(2): 171-189. DOI: 10.1177/0964663912467814.

Sampson, H. (2013). 'Globalisation, Labour Market Transformation and Migrant Marginalisation: the Example of Transmigrant Seafarers in Germany'. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 14(4): 751-765. DOI 10.1007/s12134-012-0266-0

Sampson H., Bloor, M. (2012) 'The effectiveness of Global Regulation in the shipping industry: a critical case study', Revista Latino-americana de Estudos do Trabalho (RELET), 17(28) : 45-72.

Tang, L., Sampson, H. (2012) 'The interaction between mass media and the internet in non-democratic states: the case of China', Media Culture & Society, 34(4): 457-471DOI: 10.1177/0163443711436358.

Sampson, H. (2011) 'Spilling oil, spilling blood: Cost and corporate decision making concerning safe working practices', Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 9(1): 17-32. DOI: 10.1080/14774003.2011.11667754.

Gekara, V. O., Bloor, M. and Sampson, H. (2011). 'Computer-based assessment in safety-critical industries: the case of shipping'. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 63(1): 87-100. DOI: 10.1080/13636820.2010.536850.

Sampson, H., Gekara, V. and Bloor, M. (2011). 'Water-tight or sinking? A consideration of the standards of the contemporary assessment practices underpinning seafarer licence examinations and their implications for employers'. Maritime Policy & Management, 38(1): 81-92. DOI: 10.1080/03088839.2010.533713.

Bloor, M., Fincham, B. and Sampson, H. (2010) ‘Unprepared for the worst: risks of harm for qualitative researchers’, Methodological Innovations Online, 5(1): 45-55. DOI: 10.4256/mio.2010.0009.

Ellis, N., Bloor, M. and Sampson, H. (2010) 'Patterns of Seafarer Injuries', Maritime Policy & Management, 37(2): 121-128. DOI: 10.1080/03088830903533742.

Bloor, M. and Sampson, H. (2009). 'Regulatory enforcement of labour standards in an outsourcing globalized industry the case of the shipping industry'. Work, Employment & Society, 23(4): 711-726. DOI: 10.1177/0950017009344915

Sampson, H., Bloor, M. and Fincham, B. (2008) 'A Price Worth Paying? Considering the 'Cost' of Reflexive Research Methods and the Influence of Feminist Ways of 'Doing', Sociology, 42(5): 919-933. DOI: 10.1177/0038038508094570.

Sampson, H. and Bloor, M. (2007) 'When Jack gets out the box: the problems of regulating a global industry', Sociology, 41(3): 551-569. DOI: 10.1177/0038038507076623.

Sampson, H. and Schroeder, T. (2006) ‘In the Wake of the Wave: globalization, networks, and the experiences of transmigrant seafarers in Northern Germany’, Global Networks, 6(1): 61-80. DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0374.2006.00133.x.

Sampson, H. (2005) ‘Left High and Dry? The lives of women married to seafarers in Goa and Mumbai’, Ethnography, 6(1): 61-85 . DOI: 10.1177/1466138105055661.

Wu, B. and Sampson, H. (2005) ‘Reconsidering the Cargo Sector’s Seafarer Labor Market: A 21st Century Profile of Global Seafarers’, Ocean Yearbook, 19(1): 357-380. DOI: 10.1163/22116001-90000275.

Sampson, H. (2004) ‘Navigating the waves: the usefulness of a pilot in qualitative research’ Qualitative Research, 4(3): 383-402. DOI: 10.1177/1468794104047236.

Sampson, H. (2004) ‘Romantic Rhetoric, Revisionist Reality: the effectiveness of regulation in maritime training’ Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 56(2): 245-267. DOI: 10.1080/13636820400200256.

Sampson, H. and Wu, B. (2003). 'Compressing time and constraining space: the contradictory effects of ICT and containerization on international shipping labour'. International review of social history, 48(S11): 123-152. DOI: 10.1017/S0020859003001299.

Sampson, H. and Thomas, M. (2002). 'The social isolation of seafarers: causes, effects, and remedies'. International maritime health, 54(1-4): 58-67. (Link to abstract available here).

Sampson, H., Thomas, M. (2003) ‘Lone Researchers at Sea: gender, risk and responsibility’ Qualitative Research, 3(2): 165-189. DOI: 10.1177/14687941030032002.

Sampson, H. (2003) ‘Transnational Drifters or Hyperspace Dwellers: An exploration of the lives of Filipino seafarers aboard and ashore’ Ethnic and Racial Studies, 26(2): 253-277. DOI: 10.1080/0141987032000054420 (Reproduced in H. Beynon and T. Nichols (Eds) (2006) Patterns of Work in the Post Fordist Era, Fordism and Post-Fordism, Volume II, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 612-636, ISBN 1-84542-324-0).

Thomas, M., Sampson, H. and Zhao, M. (2003). 'Finding a balance: companies, seafarers and family life'. Maritime Policy & Management, 30(1): 59-76. DOI: 10.1080/0308883032000051630.

Sampson, H. and Zhao, M. (2003) ‘Multilingual crews: communication and the operation of ships’ World Englishes, 22(1): 31-45. DOI: 10.1111/1467-971X.00270.

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Short Articles

Sampson, H., Ellis, N. (2019) Seafarers' mental health and wellbeing, Summary Report, IOSH.

Sampson, H. (2013) 'Enduring the Waves: Life of a modern-day Seafarer', Global Dialogue, International Sociological Association (ISA), 3(5).

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SIRC Reports

Sampson, H., Acejo, I. (2023) The port-based welfare needs of women seafarers, Cardiff: SIRC.

Sampson, H., Ellis, N. (2022) Scoping exercise relating to the future evaluation of evidence underpinning decision-making in the shipping industry, Cardiff: SIRC.

Sampson, H., Turgo, N., Cadge, W., Gilliat-Ray, S., Smith, G. (2021) Religion in multi-ethnic contexts: a multidisciplinary case study of global seafaring - Summary Report, Cardiff: SIRC. 

Sampson, H., Ellis, N. (2019) 'Fatalities and injuries among seafarers in the period 2000-2016', Cardiff: SIRC, February, ISBN: 1-900174-52-9.

Acejo, I., Sampson, H., Turgo, N., Ellis, N., Tang, L. (2018), 'The causes of maritime accidents in the period 2002-2016', Cardiff: SIRC, November, ISBN: 1-900174-51-0.

Sampson, H., Ellis, N., Acejo, I., Turgo, N., Tang, L. (2018) 'The working and living conditions of seafarers on cargo ships in the period 2011-2016', Cardiff: SIRC, October, ISBN: 1-900174-20-2.

Sampson, H., Ellis, N., Acejo, A., Turgo, N. (2017) 'Changes in seafarers' health 2011-2016: A summary report', Cardiff: SIRC, July, ISBN: 1-900174-49-9.

Sampson, H., Acejo, I., Ellis, N., Tang, L. and Turgo, N. (2016) 'The use of mandatory equipment on board cargo ships: An outline report based on research undertaken in the period 2012-2016', Cardiff: SIRC, April, ISBN: 1-900174-74-2. 

Sampson, H., Acejo, I., Ellis, N., Tang, L. and Turgo, N. (2016) 'The relationships between seafarers and shore-side personnel: An outline report based on research undertaken in the period 2012-2016', Cardiff: SIRC, April, ISBN: 1-900174-48-0.

Bloor, M., Baker, S., Sampson, H. and Dahlgren, K. (2013), ‘Effectiveness of international regulation of pollution controls: the case of the governance of ship emissions’, Cardiff: SIRC, ISBN: 1-900174-44-8.                        

Bloor, M., Baker, S., Sampson, H. and Dahlgren, K. (2013) ‘Issues in the Enforcement of Future International Regulations on Ships’ Carbon Emissions’, Cardiff: SIRC, ISBN: 1-900174-45-6.

Bloor, M., Baker, S., Sampson, H. and Dalhgren, K. (2012) 'Effectiveness of international regulation of pollution controls: the case of the governance of ship emissions - Interim Report', Cardiff: SIRC, December. ISBN: 1-900174-44-8.

Ellis N., Sampson, H., Acejo, I., Tang, L., Turgo, N. and Zhao, Z. (2012) 'Seafarer Accommodation on Contemporary Cargo Ships', Cardiff: SIRC, December, ISBN: 1-900174-43-X.

Bailey, N., Ellis, N. and Sampson H. (2012) 'Exploring differences in perceptions of risk, and its management, amongst personnel directly associated with the operation of ships', Cardiff: SIRC, April, ISBN: 1-900174-42-1.

Sampson, H. and Tang, L. (2011) 'New Shipboard Technology and Training Provision for Seafarers', Cardiff: SIRC, October, ISBN: 1-900174-41-3.

Bailey, N., Ellis, N. and Sampson, H. (2010) 'Safety and Perceptions of Risk: A Comparison Between Respondent Perceptions and Recorded Accident Data', Cardiff: SIRC, October, ISBN: 1-900174-38-3.

Bailey, N., Ellis, N. and Sampson, H. (2010) 'SIRC Report to the PYA on Living and Working Conditions Aboard Yachts', commissioned by the Professional Yachtsmen's Association, Cardiff: SIRC, August.

Bailey, N., Ellis, N. and Sampson, H. (2008) 'Training and Technology Onboard Ship: How seafarers learned to use the shipboard Automatic Identification System (AIS)', Cardiff: SIRC, July, ISBN: 1-900174-34-0.

Ellis, N. and Sampson, H. (2008) 'The Global Labour Market for Seafarers Working Aboard Merchant Cargo Ships 2003', Cardiff: SIRC, June, ISBN: 1-900174-35-9.

Bailey, N., Ellis, N. and Sampson, H. (2007) 'Perceptions of Risk in the Maritime Industry: Personal Injury', Cardiff: SIRC, October, ISBN: 1-900174-32-4.

Bailey, N., Ellis, N. and Sampson, H. (2006) 'Perceptions of Risk in the Maritime Industry: Ship Casualty', Cardiff: SIRC, August, ISBN: 1-900174-29-4.

Winchester, N., Sampson, H., Shelly, T. (2006) An Analysis of Crewing Levels: Findings from the SIRC Global Labour Market Study, Cardiff: SIRC, March, ISBN: 1-900174-27-8.

Ellis, N., Sampson, H., Aguado, J. C., Baylon, A,, Del Rosario, L., Lim, Y. F. and Veiga, J. (2005), What Seafarers think of CBT, Cardiff: SIRC, December, ISBN: 1-900174-28-6.

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Other Reports

Sampson, H., Ellis, N. (2019) Seafarers' mental health and wellbeing, Full Report, IOSH.

Walters, D.R., Wadsworth, E.J.K., Sampson, H. and James, P. (2012) 'The Limits of Influence: the role of supply chains in influencing health and safety management in two sectors', report submitted to the IOSH Research Committee, reports.

Bloor, M., Fincham, B. and Sampson, H. (2008) QUALITI (NCRM) Commissioned Inquiry Into the Risk to Well-being of Researchers in Qualitative Research, Cardiff: QUALITI. 

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Industry Related Publications

Ellis, N., Wadsworth, E., Sampson, H. (2021) Mapping Maritime Professionals - Towards a full-scale European data collection system, ETF & ECSA. 

Sampson, H. (2015) Report to RMT, ‘Maritime Futures: Jobs & Training for UK Ratings’, Cardiff: SIRC, January.

Sampson, H., Ellis, N., Gould. E., Tang, L., Turgo, N. and Zhao, Z. (2012) Safety and Shipping 1912-2012, Report commissioned by Allianz which underpins their subsequent publication ‘Safety and Shipping 1912-2012: From Titanic to Costa Concordia, an insurer’s perspective from Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty’ available from Allianz GCS.

Bloor, M., Sampson. H., Baker, S. (2011) Written evidence to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee Inquiry on Sulphur Emissions by Ships, London, UK: House of Commons Transport Select Committee Inquiry.

Sampson, H. (2009) EMSA-commissioned study of computer-based assessment in association with the issue of seafarer licences, Lisbon: EMSA. (Restricted access via EMSA).            

Sampson, H. (2007) Report to EMSA on the training capacity of current labour supply countries utilised by operators of EU-flagged vessels, Lisbon: EMSA. (Restricted access via EMSA)

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Chapters in Books/Articles Reproduced in Books

Sampson, H. (2023) 'Beyond Borders: The Regulation of the Living and Working Conditions of International Seafarers' in E. Boris, H. Gottfried, J. Greene and J.C. Tham (Eds) Global Labour Migration: New Directions, University of Illinois Press. 


Sampson, H. (2019) 'Delphi Groups', The SAGE Encyclopedia of Research Methods, Atkinson, P., Delamont, S., Hardy, M., Williams, M., SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.4135/9781526421036.


Sampson, H. (2018) 'Shaping the future of Work', in Schulz, Markus S (Ed) Frontiers in Global Sociology, Research Perspectives for the 21st Century, ISA Research, ISBN: 978-3-746744-54-4 (pbk), pp 155-162.


Sampson, H. and Acejo, I. (2016) ‘Keeping your seat warm’: the role of seafarers’ wives in the maintenance of social status and societal place', in Qingwen Xu and Lucy Jordan (eds) Migrant workers: Social Identity, Occupational Challenges and Health Practices, New York: Nova Science Publishers, ISBN: 978-1-63485-301-9 (e-book), Part III (9), pp 137-154.

Sampson, H. (2014) 'The Globalization of a Labour Market: The Case of Seafarers', Globalization in Practice, Nigel Thrift, Adam Tickell, Steve Woolgar, William H. Rupp , (Eds) Oxford University Press (OUP), ISBN: 978-09-921262-0 (hbk.), ISBN: 978-09-921263-7 (pbk), pp 92-96.            

Sampson, H. and Thomas, M. (2013) ‘Lone Researchers at Sea: Gender, Risk and Responsibility’, Barry Smart, Kay Peggs, Joseph Burridge, (eds.) Observation Methods: Benchmarks in Social Research Methods, Sage, ISBN: 978-1-4462-0811-3, pp 165-189.

Sampson, H. (2006) ‘Transnational drifters or hyperspace dwellers: an exploration of the lives of Filipino seafarers aboard and ashore’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 26 (2), March, 253-277, reproduced in H Beynon and T Nichols (Eds) (2006) Patterns of Work in the Post Fordist Era, Fordism and Post-Fordism, Volume II, Cheltenham:  Edward Elgar, pp 612-636, ISBN 1-84542-324-0.

Thomas, M., Sampson, H. and Zhao, M. (2005) ‘Finding a balance: companies, seafarers and family life’, International Maritime Transport: Perspectives, edited by H. Leggate, J. McConville, and A. Morvillo, Routledge, January 2005, pp 89-109.

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Authored publications/presentations in Maritime/General Press

Sampson, H., Acejo, I. (2022) 'Urgent need for port-based welfare', The Sea, 1 March 2022. 

Sampson, H., Acejo, I. (2020) 'Countering corruption, Ports and Harbours, Nov/Dec 2020, p16-17. 

Poulsen, R.T., Sampson, H. (2020) 'Collaboration is needed to optimise port calls and cut carbon emissions', TradeWinds, 21 August. 

Sampson, H. (2020) 'Combatting loneliness and isolation at sea', The Sea, Autumn.

Sampson, H. (2018) 'Looking to a more holistic view of safety', IHS Safety at Sea, April, p5.

Sampson, H. (2018) 'Connectivity: A Reason for Seafarers to Disconnect?', The Future of Crewing - Shipping's Challenges and Opportunities, An Industry Review Paper, KNect 365 Maritime, 29 January. 

Sampson, H. (2018) 'Seafarer Wellness and How to Improve it' K.Nect365 Maritime, 3 January . 

Sampson, H. (2018) 'Mandatory shipboard equipment: help or hindrance?', Seaways, January , pp6-7.  

Sampson, H. (2017) 'Vanishing trust at sea?', Seaways, November 2017, pp14-15 ('Is there an issue with vanishing trust at sea?', Seaways, January , p34). 

Sampson, H. (2017) 'Fleeting visits: the distant shore', TradeWinds, 18 May. 

Sampson, H. (2014) 'Not faring so well', TW+ BLOG, the quarterly TradeWinds publication, p38, Winter.

Sampson, H. (2014) ‘Seafaring stories with very different destinations’, The Guardian, 29 April. 

Sampson, H. (2013) 'Enduring the Waves: Life of a modern-day Seafarer', Global Dialogue, International Sociological Association (ISA), 3(5).

Sampson, H. (2012) ‘Technology at sea goes global’, ITF Seafarers’ Bulletin, (26): 17-18.

Sampson, H. (2011) 'Just messing about on boats: What’s to like about work aboard Yachts', Yachting Matters, The Professional Yachtsman’s Superyacht Magazine, Edition 20 Spring/Summer,

Sampson, H. (2009) 'Unease over 'potential health crisis', TradeWinds, 3 July, p38.

Sampson, H. (2009) ‘The modern day challenges to seafarers’ health’, The Sea, London: Mission to Seafarers, Issue 197, Jan/Feb, pp4-5.

Sampson, H. (2008) 'Speaking up for better on-board welfare', The SeaLondon: Mission to Seafarers, Issue 191, Jan/Feb, pp4-5.

Sampson, H. (2006) 'Why we should talk about swimming pools', The SeaLondon: Mission to Seafarers, Issue 184, Nov/Dec, pp4-5.

Sampson, H. (2006) 'Crew conditions deteriorate',, 19 October.

Sampson, H. (2006) 'Learning at sea', The SeaLondon: Mission to Seafarers, Issue 179, Jan/Feb, pp4-5.

Sampson, H. (2004) ‘Global wage for global workers’, The Sea, London: Mission to Seafarers, Issue 167, Jan/Feb, pp4-5.

Sampson, H. (2003) ‘Authority and Accidents: The role of power relations and social interaction in accidents and incidents at sea’, Seaways, April, pp4-7.

Sampson, H. (2002) ‘Destructive obedience and the importance of seafarer training’, The Sea, London: Mission to Seafarers, Issue 160, Nov/Dec, pp4-5.

Sampson, H. (2000) ‘The modern approach to leisure and recreation aboard merchant ships: do it yourself!’, The Sea, London: Mission to Seafarers, Issue 146, Jul/Aug, p4.

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Media Appearances

'The Food Chain - Hungry at sea', BBC World Service, 18 April 2024. 

'Baltimore's Key Bridge Collapses', BBC Newsnight, 26 March 2024.

'What we know about the Baltimore bridge collapse', DW News, 26 March 2024.

All Things Considered - Faith on the Ocean Waves, BBC Radio Wales, 10 July 2022.   

'For Seafaring Workers, The Pandemic Could Mean Even More Time Away From Home', Radio Boston, 9 July 2020.  

'The Lloyd's List Podcast: How to help shipping's stranded seafarers', Lloyd's List, 9 April 2020. 

'PM' Carolyn Quinn, BBC Radio 4, 28 August 2017. 

'Suicide at Sea - Special Maritime OB', BBC World Service, 25 August 2017.

  Ethnography Award Winner, (Judge) Thinking Allowed, BBC Radio 4, 13 April 2016.

Ethnography Award Winner, Thinking Allowed, BBC Radio 4, 30 April 2014.

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Media Articles/Programmes Referencing Work

 'Corrupt ship inspectors demand our food and cargo', BBC News, 15 May 2024. 

'Why soft skills are important for effective crew management', Safety4Sea, 29 April 2024.  

'Powerful academic appraisal of life at sea', Nautilus International, 5 April 2024.

'Human error may have contributed to the Key Bridge disaster - changing our approach to design can help reduce accidents', The Conversation, 3 April 2024. 

'Investigation into crash will be 'gruelling' for ship's crew', Sky News, 27 March 2024. 

'Doomed cargo ship Dali ...', Daily Mail Online, 26 March 2024. 

'Baltimore bridge collapse: Two possible causes for catastrophe', Sky News, 26 March 2024. 

'Celebrating International Women's Day with The Seafarers' Charity', The Seafarers' Charity, 8 March 2024.

'Social isolation and loneliness', Sea Health & Welfare, 27 November 2023. 

'Seafarers aren't fairing all that well, Ocean Oculus, 12 October 2023.  

'Tackling poor mental health at sea', Imarest, 9 October 2023. 

'Calling time on abuse of female seafarers', The Sea, Issue 3, September 2023.

'Interview: Helen Sampson', MARE Report, August 2023, p18-19. 

'ISWAN: The stigma of on-board menstruation should be ended', Safety4Sea, 26 May 2023.  

'More provision needed for female seafarers', Lloyd's List, 21 April 2023. 

'Seafarers' Charity supports women seafarers to overcome sexual violence at sea', Safety4Sea, 19 April 2023. 

'Seafarers' Charity to support women seafarers to overcome sexual trauma', Marine Insight, 19 April 2023.

'Call for seafarer centres to urgently provide more welfare support for women', Nautilus International, 17 April 2023.

'Port services for women seafarers',  Seawaysp23, April 2023.  

'The Seafarers' Charity: Women onboard cargo ships need support from port welfare services', Safety4Sea, 8 March 2023. 

'The Seafarers' Charity calls for increased support for the safety and welfare of women seafarers', The Seafarers' CharityHellenic Shipping News, 8 March 2023; Sea and Job, 9 March 2023; Pakistan & Gulf Economist, 13 March 2023.

'What working onboard means: Seafarers' POV', Safety4Sea, 12 December 2022. 

'All over the world, many Filipino workers are underpaid', Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, 12 November 2022.

A day to focus on men at work - especially at sea', IOSH, 11 November 2022. 

'Report: Which factors affect decision-making in shipping', Safety4Sea, 7 October 2022.  

'Role of evidence in safety at sea', Lloyd's Register Foundation, 27 September 2022.  

'Shining a Light on Seafarer Wellbeing', Mfame, 3 August 2022.  

'Crew accommodation', Seawaysp21, August 2022.  

'Latest SIRC Research Highlights The Plight Of Seafarers', Marine Insight, 19 July 2022.  

Understanding seafarers' living conditions', Safety4Sea, 19 July 2022. 

'Plight of seafarers' living conditions highlighted', myScience, 7 July 2022; Cyprus Shipping NewsHellenic Shipping News, 8 July 2022; Ships & Ports, 9 July 2022. 

'Seafarers' wellbeing critical to safety', Safety4Sea, 24 June 2022.

'Safety is critical to sustainability and commercial success', Tradewinds, 17 June 2022.

'Calling all women seafarers', The Sea, Issue 2, p6, 1 June 2022.  

'Cardiff University: Industry should focus on providing proper recreational facilities on board', Safety4Sea, 4 April 2022. 

'UK measures over P&O Ferries sacking will have limited impact', Lloyd's List, 31 March 2022.  

'P&O Ferries turned a business crisis into a reputational disaster', Lloyd's List, 18 March 2022. 

'New research project to support women working at sea', Daily Cargo News, 18 March 2022.  

'Research into port-based welfare needs of women seafarers is long overdue', Maritime Charities Group, 16 March 2022.

'Seafarers' Charity funds research on women seafarers' needs', The Manila Times, 16 March 2022.  

'New research to explore women's welfare in cargo sector', Safety4Sea, 9 March 2022.

'Women's welfare in cargo sector subject of new research', Nautilus International, 8 March 2022. 

'The Seafarers' Charity funds new research to explore the welfare needs of women seafarers', LighthouseCobseo, 4 March 2022; Hellenic Shipping NewsSeafarer Times, 5 March 2022; ODOMANKOMA, 7 March 2022.

'Women's welfare in cargo sector', Sea NewsMaritime London, 4 March 2022. 

'New research survey for women working on cargo ships', Seafarers' Charity, 4 March 2022.

'Seafarer Accommodation', Seaways, January 2022, p28.  

'SafeMetrix training courses support seafarer development', Safebridge, 2 December 2021.  

'Report finds significant gaps in port-based provision of welfare services', Safety4Sea, 15 November 2021.

'Role of Evidence in Safety at Sea', Lloyd's Register Foundation, 9 November 2021.

'MapMar - ETF and ECSA are ready to deliver better responses for future challenges of the workforce in maritime transport', ETFECSA, 1 October 2021; Cyprus Shipping News, 3 October 2021; Hellenic Shipping News, 4 October 2021. 

'RNLI curate writes prayer for migrants and their rescuers', Church Times, 24 September 2021.  

'Two VLCC crew killed by 'large wave', Lloyd's List, 15 September 2021.

'Help for stranded key workers', Church Times, 3 September 2021.  

'Faith, funding and reform: seafarers' port welfare services', Nautilus Telegraph, p36-39, September 2021.

'The future of seafaring: Addressing the future of the Philippines', The Manila Times, 18 August 2021.  

'Studying seafarers to improve their lives', Nautilus International, 6 August 2021.

'Faith, funding and reform: seafarers' port welfare services', Nautilus International, 4 August 2021.

'Faith and Seafarers' Welfare', The Mission to Seafarers, 2 August 2021.  

'Overdue Chinese crew are refused sign off at port', Lloyd's List, 15 July 2021.

'Seafarers draw on vital support from port chaplains', Sea NewsShip Management InternationalmyScience, 9 July; Mirage News, 10 July; Safety4SeaHellenic Shipping News, 12 July; Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, 13 July; Manila Times, 14 July 2021. 

'New film investigates faith and welfare of seafarers working on cargo ships', Nautilus International, 9 July 2021.

'More than a year at sea puts home life at risk, survey reveals', Lloyd's List Daily Briefing, p5-6, 29 June 2021.  

'RMT marks Day of the Seafarer with a call on ratings to join a union', RMT, 25 June 2021. 

'LR Foundation in calls to improve seafarers' mental health long-term', ShipInsight, 28 May 2021.

'Accidents and ill-health: the forgotten Covid crisis', Nautilus International, 19 April 2021.  

'Supporting seafarers mental wellbeing with technology', hanseaticsoft, 12 April 2021.

'You can't escape from it': No reprieve for victims of sex harassment at sea', Professional Mariner, 1 April 2021. 

'Book of the month: Shedding light on the hidden World of the Seafarer', Safety4Sea, 23 March 2021. 

'Suicides at sea go uncounted as crew change crisis drags on', Lloyd's List, 22 February 2021. 

'IOSH joins calls to better protect seafarers', IOSH, 15 February 2021; Health & Safety Matters, 17 February 2021.

'Reining in the outlaw ocean', The Outlaw Ocean Project, 23 January 2021.

'New Book: World of the Seafarer,' The Mission to Seafarers Scotland, 10 January 2021.

'Seafarer mental health', CHIRP Annual Digest 2020, p14-15.

'Keeping ships afloat: Maritime fraud affects us all', Fraud Magazine, September/October 2020. 

'Beirut blast bears witness to lawlessness of world's oceans', Hellenic Shipping News, 14 September 2020; The NationRTL Today, 11 September 2020; International Business Timesfrance24.comYahoo NewsYahoo FinancerfiMENAFNSiliconeerUrduPointmsn, Barron's, al-monitor, 10 September 2020. 

'Mission to Seafarers anchoring Nelson's port welfare committee',, 2 September 2020.

'Charalambos Manoli: A Cypriot Shipping Magnate Involved in the Beirut Explosion!...', Helleniscope, 26 August 2020.

'How 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate ended up in Beirut',, 26 August 2020.

'Investigation into Rhosus ownership uncovers "questionable connections"', Insurance Marine News 25 August 2020. 

'A Hidden Tycoon, African Explosives, and a Loan from a Notorious Bank: Questionable Connections Surround Beirut Explosion Shipment', The Elephant, 27 August 2020; RiskScreen, 24 August 2020; Balkan Times, 22 August 2020; OCCRPMoja News, 21 August 2020.    

'Seafarers join global key worker list', IOSH, 4 August 2020.  

'IOSH backs pledge to recognise seafarers as key workers', IOSH, 27 July 2020. 

'Maritime Skills Commissioners announced', Maritime UKFathom WorldShip Management InternationalLondon International Shipping Week, 2 July 2020.     

'Seafarers Cross Off Days on a Calendar Until They Can Go Home', Reporting Asean, 26 June 2020, Vera Files, 27 June 2020. 

'Filipino Seafarers Find Their Future - and Lives - Adrift', Heinrich Boll Stiftung, 26 June 2020.  

'Seafarer hassles in ports', Tanker Operator, 25 June 2020.  

'COVID-19: How the cruise industry got washed up', Ship Technology, 23 June 2020; Future Cruise, May 2020.

'Research helps tackle the stress and loneliness of life at sea', Lloyd's Register Foundation, 16 June 2020.

'COVID-19 Seafarers' Mental Health', BIMCO, 16 June 2020.

'10 Vital Steps to Enhance Seafarers' Mental Health', MFAME, 3 June 2020.

'During 'Mental Health Awareness' week Hanseaticsoft highlights how technology can support seafarers', Tanker Operator, 21 May 2020.

'Seafarers' mental health and wellbeing', AWP Marine Consultancy, 19 May 2020.

'10 tips for good mental health onboard', Safety4Sea, 18 May 2020.

'How captains see mental health in yachting' The Triton, 6 May 2020.

'Accommodation beyond the MLC', RINA, May 2020. 

'Seafarer hassles from port authorities', Tanker Operator magazine, April/May 2020 p2.

'Sea crew change restrictions endanger workers and supply chains', Aljazeera, Marbox, 24 April 2020, Seafarer Times, Port to Port, Iran Daily, 25 April 2020, Hellenic Shipping NewsTurkey SeaNews, 26 April 2020.

'Trapped at sea: protecting seafarers during COVID-19', Lloyd's Register Foundation, 21 April 2020.  

 '7 ways to promote the best well-being for seafarers', Maritime Fairtrade, 14 April 2020.

'Focus on seafarer wellbeing during Covid-19 pandemic', Maritime Insight, April 2020.

'Talking Point: Welfare to well-being - a changing emphasis in service to seafarers', ISWAN, 16 March 2020.  

'Missing the Hits: CHIRP Maritime and Information gaps on seafarer injury and illness', CHIRP Annual Digest 2019, 11 March 2020.

'Infographic: Seafarers' Mental Health', IOSH, 10 March 2020.

'Corruption in ports - new video shows the impact on seafarers', Dirk Siebels, 10 March 2020.

'Inside the cruise ship that became a coronavirus breeding ground', The Guardian, 6 March 2020. 

'This Island Nation', Maritime Radio Programme, 3 March 2020.

'Corruption in ports puts pressure on crews', Safety at Sea, 3 March 2020.  

'Tackling unacceptable "customs of the port" [grey power]', Baird Maritime, 2 March 2020. 

'Addressing the shore leave lottery', The Mission to Seafarers, 1 March 2020.

Call for crew welfare training',  IHS Safety at Sea, March 2020, p9.  

'Between a rock and a hard place: crews caught in bribery dilemma', TradeWinds, 28 February 2020. 

'Theft and extortion are common experiences, say seafarers', Insurance Marine News, 27 February 2020.

'Theft and extortion common experiences among seafarers', Marine Professional, 27 February 2020.

'Watch film highlighting corruption and theft faced by seafarers', Marine Industry News, 26 February 2020.

'Study: Seafarers' challenges brought by port corruption', Safety4Sea, 26 February 2020. 

'Movie exposes port theft, corruption faced by seafarers', Ships & Ports, 26 February 2020. 

'Marine Professional Special Report: Seafarer Safety', Marine Professional, 26 February 2020.

'Film highlights corruption and theft faced by seafarers', Seafarer Times, 26 February 2020; Seatrade Maritime News, 25 February 2020. 

'Theft and extortion common experiences for seafarers', Seafarer Times, 26 February 2020; Hellenic Shipping News, 25 February 2020;, 24 February 2020.

'Study: Seafarers Bear the Burden of Port Corruption', Maritime Executive, 25 February 2020.

'Film highlights plight of seafarers hit by corruption at ports around the world', Splash247, 25 February 2020. 

'Film highlights port corruption that seafarers have to deal with', Nieuwsblad Transport, 25 February 2020.

'A month has slipped by!', Howard Drysdale, 25 February 2020.

'Problem Ports: seafarers' stress and subjugation as a result of corrupt practice', Sea News, 24 February 2020.

'The mental strain of working at sea', Lloyd's List, 13 February 2020.

'SeaSense - Expert Thinking on Crew Health', Safety4Sea, 3 February 2020.

'Problem Ports: seafarers' stress and subjugation as a result of corrupt practice, International Maritime Organization, Maritime Knowledge Centre, Current Awareness Bulletin, February 2020.

'Study calls for action on seafarers' well-being', Safety4Sea, February 2020, p61. 

'Challenging truths about life onboard', Safety4Sea, February 2020, p24.

'Are we doing enough to keep crew healthy?', Safety4Sea, February 2020, p18.

'Give the crew a break', Liverpool Seafarers Centre, 24 January 2020. 

'Watch: Study calls for action on seafarers' wellbeing', Safety4Sea, 3 January 2020.

'How to improve the mental health of seafarers', Safety4Sea, 3 January 2020; Bangladesh Marine Academy, 28 January 2020.

'Be Mindful of Mental Health But Don't Unfairly Stigmatize Seafarers', The Maritime Executive, 21 December 2019. 

'Wellness at sea: Is life onboard getting better for seafarers?', Safety4Sea, 4 December 2019.  

'Loneliness risks', Nautilus International Telegraph, December 2019, p16.

'Seafarers' mental health and wellbeing', Gard, 26 November 2019.

'Loneliness is bad for mental health in seafarers', TUC, 23 November 2019. 

'Liverpool Seafarers Centre welcomes greater awareness of mental health issues following report on seafarers' mental health and wellbeing', Liverpool Seafarers Centre, 20 November 2019. 

'At sea with mental health', Safety Solutions, 18 November 2019. 

'Seafarers would change jobs for internet access', Lloyd's List, 18 November 2019.

'Study: Exhaustion, boredom cause of seafarer depression', The Manila TimesSeafarer Times, 13 November 2019. 

'Report: Seafarers Need Games, Shore Leave and Internet', Maritime Executive, 9 November 2019; Seafarer Times, 10 November 2019; Cyprus Shipping News, 12 November 2019; The Fiji Times, 13 November 2019. 

'Report urges shipping firms to address seafarers' mental health', IMarEST Marine Professional, 8 November 2019.

'Seafarers' mental health studied by Cardiff University', BBC NewsSeafarer Times, 6 November 2019; Bangladesh Marine Academy Alumni Association, 16 November 2019. 

'Loneliness puts seafarers at risk of poor mental health, says study', Nautilus International, 6 November 2019.

'Long Working Hours & Loneliness Result in Seafarers' Poor Mental Health - Report', Marine Insight, 6 November 2019.

'Long working hours, isolation risk seafarers' mental health', Safety4Sea, 6 November 2019.  

'Loneliness of Seafarers Highlighted in Report', Sea NewsHellenic Shipping NewsmyScienceSeafarers' Rights International, 6 November 2019; SHIPIPLtd, 7 November 2019; Port to Port, 9 November 2019; Maritime Connector, 11 November 2019. 

'Employers failing to act as psychological disorders increase among serving seafarers' Splash247, 6 November 2019. 

'Seafarers' mental health at risk, says UK university', TradeWinds, 6 November 2019. 

'Cardiff study into seafarers' mental health', South Wales Echo, 6 November, p11.

'How organisations can better support lone workers and reduce mental ill-health risk', IOSH, 9 November 2019.

'Seafarers face risk of mental health issues', Lloyd's List, 5 November 2019. 

'Listening exercise', The Global Seafarer, Vol 3, Number 16, October 2019, p24-25. 

'Mutual disrespect', Nautilus International Telegraph, October 2019, p36-37.

'Equality at Sea: Celebrating World Maritime Day', Irving, 26 September 2019. 

'Mutual disrespect - shipping's bureaucratic communication breakdown', Nautilus International, 6 September 2019.  

'Steadfastly working to improve seafarers' welfare', The Sea, Sep/Oct 2019, p4-6.  

'Charterers 'behaving rationally' in rejecting virtual arrival clauses', Lloyd's List Maritime Intelligence, 30 July 2019. 

'Listening exercise - university researchers gather first-hand information about seafarer wellbeing', Nautilus International, 10 July 2019,  Nautilus International Telegraph, August 2019, p36-37.

'Caught out by corruption?', The Sea, Jul/Aug 2019, p4-6. 

'Using Technology to Streamline Operations in Container Shipping', Maritime Logistics Professional, 10 June 2019.  

'More deaths from accidents at sea',  The Sea, May/Jun 2019, p1.  

'The lonely seafarer', Seatrade Maritime News, 16 April 2019. 

'Crew suicides increased in last decade, study finds', IHS Safety at Sea, April 2019, p6. 

'Overworked crew key factor behind poor ship maintenance', Safety at Sea, 19 March 2019.

'Fatalities, injuries among seafarers rising', The Manila Times, 13 March 2019. 

'Disappointing data', Nautilus International Telegraph, March 2019, p28-29.

'Research sheds light on seafarer working and living conditions', IHS Safety at Sea, March 2019, p9.

'Decreasing avoidable accidents at sea', Hanseaticsoft, 21 February 2019.

'Training to end nuisance calls from shore to ship', Safety at Sea, 19 February 2019.

'Crew suicides increased in last decade, study finds', Safety at Sea, 12 February 2019.

'Cutting risks through advanced crew training', Offshore Support Journal, 12 February 2019.  

'Inadequate risk management leading cause of almost 56% of all accidents', Marine Insight, 8 February 2019.

'Software tools could cut accidents' ShipInsight, 8 February 2019.  

'How technology can help shipping companies avoid accidents at sea', Hellenic Shipping NewsBunker Ports NewsThe Seafarers TimesShip Management InternationalShipping Tribune, 8 February 2019.

'Bid to stop nuisance calls', IHS Safety at Sea, February 2019, p12.  

'Raising awareness of life at sea', The Sea, Jan/Feb 2019, p1.  

'The Dangers of Technology in the Workplace: Making Workplaces Safe Spaces', NewsWatch, 25 January 2019.   

'New research by SIRC into causes of maritime accidents', Spot on Learning, 24 January 2019.

'Maritime accidents, 8% depends on a technical failure' (translated), The Medi Telegraph, 16 January 2019.

'Accident research highlights concerns over technology use', Tanker Shipping & TradeMarine PropulsionOffshore Support JournalMaritime Digitalisation & CommunicationsPassenger Ship TechnologyContainer Shipping & Trade, 8 January 2019.

'Why the internet is a seaman's best friend', Consolidated Training Systems Incorporated, 4 January 2019.

'Slow but steady progress', Nautilus International Telegraph, January 2019, p36-37.

'Research calls for a re-think', Nautilus International Telegraph, January 2019, p16.

'Accident Reports', Seaways, January 2019, p28.

'Improving ship-to-shore relationships', International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations (IFSMA) Newsletter, No 23, January 2019, p21-22.

'Action needed on recruitment and training, university research finds', Insurance Marine News, 21 December 2018. 

'Slow but steady progress in cargoship crew welfare', Nautilus International, 20 December 2018.  

'Accident Analysis: Action Needed on Recruitment and Training', The Maritime ExecutiveThe Rotterdam Pilot, 12 December 2018. 

'Report: Inadequate risk management the most common cause of accidents', SAFETY4SEA, 10 December 2018.  

'SeaSense - Expert Thinking on Mental Health', SAFETY4SEA, 7 December 2018. 

'Research sheds light on seafarer working, living conditions', Safety at Sea, 28 November 2018.

'Training resource to help sea and land work better together', Insurance Marine News, 22 November.

'Better Communication: A Free Training Resource', Britannia P&I, 15 November 2018.

'Lost at Sea', The Global Seafarer, Vol 2 No 12, October 2018 p15-16. 

'Severity of mental health challenge', The Sea, Sep/Oct 2018, p15.  

'Lost at Sea', Nautilus International Telegraph, August 2018, pp42-43. 

'Mental Health the Issue for Seafarers for Ship Management Group', Handy Shipping Guide, 26 June 2018.

'OSM launches mental health campaign to safeguard 11,000 seafarers', OSMLloyd's List Maritime IntelligenceAmerican Journal of Transportation 25 June, ShippaxAfrica Ports & Ships 26 June 2018.

'Norway's OSM launches campaigns against crewmembers' depression', The Medi Telegraph, 25 June 2018.  

'Female seafarers less happy than male counterparts', Fairplay, 25 June 2018. 

'MPs mark Sailors' Society's 200th birthday', Ship Management InternationalAll About ShippingHellenic Shipping News, 14 June 2018.  

'New research shows the shipping industry needs to take better care of seafarers', Nautilus International, 25 May 2018.  

'How are you feeling?', Nautilus International Telegraph, May 2018, pp33-36.

'Cut through the fog', IHS Safety at Sea, May 2018, p29-30. 

'AMSA: How to enhance mental health at sea', Safety4Sea, 30 March 2018. 

'The Importance of Connectivity',, 28 March 2018. 

'Captain's Column, Onboard survival equipment', Seaways, March 2018, p4. 

'Design issues make seafarers fearful of LSAs', IHS Safety at Sea, March 2018, p7.

'Outlook 2018', Safety at Sea Awards, 5 January 2018.

'Serious' design issues leave seafarers fearful of using livesaving equipment', Fairplay, 4 January 2018, Safety at Sea Awards, 5 January 2018.

''Is there an issue with vanishing trust at sea?', Seaways, January 2018, p34 ('Vanishing trust at sea?', Seaways, November 2017, pp14-15).

'Welfare milestones of 2017', IHS Safety at Sea, January 2018, p23. 

'Outlook 2018', Fairplay, 29 December 2017. 

'Mental Health Aboard Merchant Vessels Prompts Self Help Information for Crews', Handy Shipping Guide, 28 November 2017.

'Psychological wellbeing at sea', Shipowners Club, 27 November 2017. 

'Grey Power - Remote Control', Baird Maritime, 22 November 2017. 

'Entertainment to tackle social isolation', Safety at Sea Awards, 6 November 2017. 

'Online mental health support is helping UK seafarers', UK Chamber of Shipping, 3 November 2017. 

Feature 'Medical and health', IHS Safety at Sea, November 2017, p21.

'How shipping operators forget about safety', United Filipino Seafarers, 20 October 2017.

'Superyachts & Labour Conditions', The Islander, 9 October 2017.

'Equal rights needed for superyacht crews', Nautilus International TelegraphOctober 2017, p3.

'Shining a light on mental health', IHS Safety at Sea, October 2017 pp18-19. 

'Mental health has to be monitored for it to be managed', IOSH Magazine, 25 September 2017.

'Seafarers reluctant to report illness over job loss fears', Fairplay, 19 September 2017.

'TUC hears call for proper regulation of superyacht sector, Nautilus International, 13 September 2017.

'Seafarers Deserve The Same Rights As Everyone Else', Morning Star, 12 September 2017.

'Uber-Rich Treatment of Superyacht Crews Angers U.K. Union', Bloomberg Pursuits, 8 September 2017.

'How life at sea affects our bodies and minds', Nautilus International TelegraphSeptember 2017, pp20-21.

'Seafarers' lifestyle on board improves but not in work-related disorders, study says', Sailing ForwardVol 5, Issue 18, September 2017, pp9-11.

'IMO updates guidelines for abandon ship drills using lifeboats', International Institute of Marine Surveying, 29 August 2017.

'IMO updates guidelines to prevent lifeboat drills accidents', Safety4Sea, 28 August 2017.

'On board and online: Why every seaman needs internet',, 25 August 2017.

'UK P&I Club Survival Craft Release and Retrieval Systems' 18 August 2017, p2.

'We need to talk about mental health in seafaring', Marine Society, 18 August 2017.

'We need to talk about mental health in seafaring', Fairplay, 11 August 2017.

'Seafarers health condition', CO-SEA, 3 August 2017.

'Report says seafarers' mental health deteriorating', TUC, 2 August 2017.

'Internet access at sea should be 'a fundamental right', IHS Safety at Sea, August 2017, p9.

'Changes in seafarers' health 2011-2016: A summary report', Latvian Shipmasters' Association, 26 July 2017.

'Research on religion on board and in ports', Maritiem Nederland, 3 July 2017.

'The perils of pressure on the bridge', IHS Safety at Sea, July 2017, p23.

'New study to focus on seafarers' religious lives', Safety4Sea, 26 June 2017.

'Religious lives of international seafarers focus of Cardiff University research', Africa Ports & Ships, 26 June 2017.

'Cardiff University Studies Seafarers' Religious Lives', The Maritime Executive, 23 June 2017.

'Keeping seafarers sane', Ships & Ports, 19 June 2017.

'Keeping seafarers sane', Seatrade Maritime News15 June 2017.

'Ports Walks Part 2: Beyond the Horizon and Beneath the Surface' (Podcast), 3 June 2017. 

'Entertainment is essential: Better provision of communal onboard entertainment could prevent isolation and mental health problems for crew', IHS Safety at Sea, June 2017, pp18-19. 

'Fatal accidents fuel scrutiny of lifeboat drills, systems, Professional Mariner, 2 May 2017.

'Lifeboat safety: The mariners' view, Professional Mariner, 2 May 2017.

'Port Walks Part 1: Containers Changed Everything' (Podcast),, 21 April, 2017.

'Connecting with crews', Nautilus International TelegraphMarch 2017, p22.

'The unspoken role of a seaman’s wife', Rappler, 14 February 2017.

'On board and online: Why every seaman needs internet', Rappler, 8 February 2017.

'Seattle chosen to offer US CoastGuard lifeboat training', IHS Safety at Sea, February 2017, p14.

'A life saver that doesn’t live up to its name', The Sea, January/February 2017, p4-6.

'Training can ease lifeboat drill fears', IHS Safety at SeaJanuary, p8.

'Leadership lessons for the 21st century', Nautilus International Telegraph, January 2017, p23.

‘MITAGS-PMI Chooses Northwest Maritime Academy for Lifeboat, Survival Training, The Northwest Maritime Academy, 29 November 2016.

‘MITAGS-PMI Chooses Northwest Maritime Academy for Lifeboat, Survival Training, The Maritime Executive, 29 November 2016.

‘Too frightened to be safe’, IHS Safety at Sea, November 2016, p18.

‘Too scared of lifeboat drills to be safe’, IHS FairplayNovember 2016, p6-7.

‘Presentation on Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC), Cardiff University, UK, University of the Philippines Diliman, November 2016.

‘Industry leaders face up to domestic skills decline’, Nautilus International Telegraph, November 2016, p23.

‘Lifeboat drill incidents’, Maritime Journal, 31 October 2016.

‘Northwest Maritime Academy to offer lifeboat training’, Professional Mariner, 27 October 2016.

‘Too frightened to be safe: lifeboat drills’, IHS Fairplay, 22 October 2016.

‘Norsafe adds its voice to perceived LSA problems’, TANKEROperator,  21 October 2016.

‘Material exchanges between ship staff and port personnel’, media presentation to World Maritime University, 21 October 2016, H. Sampson.

‘Norsafe Concerned at Spate of LSA Drill Accidents’, Norsafe, 20 October 2016.

‘Counting the cost of not training’, Industry insight, IHS Fairplay, October 2016, p16-17.

'Improving safety at sea', HealthCanal, 14 September 2016.

‘Shore-side corruption and bad practice highlighted’, The Sea, July/August 2016, p3.

Relationships between seafarers and shore-side personnel. Plus ça change, eh?, Linkedin, 12 July 2016.

‘Do you trust the equipment on your vessel?’, Nautilus International Telegraph, July 2016, p2.

‘Shady dealings in the docks’, Nautilus International Telegraph, June 2016, p25.

‘Of Myths and Challenges WOMEN SEAFARERS’, Marinoworld, 20 June 2016.

‘Seafarers Drowning Under Pressures, Relationships and Paperwork’, KVH Media Group, 15 May 2016.

‘Seafarers – Are you happy in your work?’, Seatrade Maritime News, 26 April 2016.

‘Shipping: Training: Written question – 24309’, UK Parliament, 29 January 2016

‘Cost defective’, IHS Safety at Sea, Training News, 26 January 2016.

‘Guidelines for implementing the occupational safety and health provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006’ (p4), ILO, 24 January 2016.

Account of life onboard ship is nominated for major award, Abergavenny Chronicle, 16 October 2014.

Difficulties of Life on an Ocean Freighter Described by Professor, Shipping News, 14 October 2014.

BSA Network No. 117, p. 23, Summer 2014.           

Plain Sailing, Times Higher Education (THE), 19 June 2014.

Author wins landmark BBC award, Manchester University Press, 30 April 2014.

New Book on Seafarers by Leading Expert, NAMMA (The North American Maritime Ministry Association) September 2013.

Industry brought to book, Nautilus International Telegraph, May 2013.

Women Seafarers, 13 May 2013.

Book Launch, 11 April 2013.

Isolating the enemy at sea, Fairplay, June 2005. 

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Online presentations/films

Understanding seafarers' living conditions: The story of Freddiebased on a decade of research, this animation brings our findings on the design of shipboard accommodation to life. Using an account of a fictitious engine cadet’s experience of his first vessel, the animation highlights the consequences of poor accommodation design for individual seafarers and for an industry keen to attract skilled and talented personnel.  July 2022.

Faith and the welfare of seafarers working on cargo ships- a film describing some of the findings from an ESRC funded project 'Religion in multi-ethnic contexts: a multidisciplinary case study of global seafaring' - July 2021

Problem Ports: Seafarers' stress and subjugation as a result of corrupt practice, February 2020.

An Everyday Tale of Life at Sea - a free training resource designed to improve relationships between those working on ships and staff working ashore, Nov 2018. 

Seafarers' Stress: Psycho-social and Occupational Health relating to Seafarers (link coming soon), Helen Sampson, MARI-WEL Professional Development Programme, ITF Seafarers' Trust and the World Maritime University, June 2018.

Video talk by Professor Helen Sampson about corruption in ports, Oct 2016.

On 11 April SIRC 2013 launched a new book 'International seafarers and transnationalism in the twenty-first century' by Professor Helen Sampson. See the video for an overview of the Book Launch event. 

Video interview with Professor Helen Sampson on the topic of 'Women Seafarers', Nov 2012.

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Keynotes Addresses/Guest Lectures

Sampson, H. (2019) 'Twenty Years of Maritime Social Science Research at SIRC', Understanding Seafarers: Identities, Narratives and Contexts: An International Symposium, University of the Philippines, 18 November. 

Sampson, H. (2019) ‘Trabalhadores maritimos internacionais e transnacionalismo no século XXI’, Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Sociais (IFCS-UFRJ), 1 August.

Sampson, H. (2019) ‘Um panorama do trabalho na indústria naval’, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), 6 August.

Sampson, H. (2019) ‘Mesa-redonda sobre trabalho e capital no século XXI’, Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar), 7 August.

Sampson, H. (2017) 'Isn't it simple? Aren't you just talking to people?' The skill and risks associated with qualitative research on the international shipping industry, RMIT University, Melbourne, 3 November.

Sampson, H. (2017) 'Issues of time and space on internationally trading cargo ships', RMIT University, Melbourne, 1 November.

Sampson, H. (2016) 'Seafarers International Research Centre', University of the Philippines, 18 November. 

Sampson, H. (2016) 'Threat or opportunity? Will advances in technology on board lead to the 'up-skilling' or 'de-skilling' of our seafarers?', CrewConnect Global 2016, Manila, 15-16 November.

Sampson, H. (2016) 'Material exchanges between ship staff and port personnel', multi-media presentation to World Maritime university, 21 October. 

Sampson, H. (2015) Reflections on Research and Distress’ Keynote lecture, SHI Foundation Symposium on Distressing Research, National College for Teaching and Leadership Learning and Conference Centre, Nottingham, 20 October.

Sampson, H. (2016) 'Globalisation and Forms of Worker Protection' (commons session), Third International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology, Vienna, 10-14 July.

Sampson, H. (2015) ‘Elevating Ethnography - forging a future!’, Keynote lecture, 10th Annual Ethnography Symposium, University of Liverpool, 25-26 August.

Sampson, H. (2015) ‘Healthy Shipping’, Keynote lecture, The 13th International Symposium on Maritime Health, Bergen, Norway, 23-26 June.

Sampson, H. (2014) 'A broader understanding of health and safety', Human & Social Factors Keynote lecture, Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Technical Colloquium 2014, The Impact of Research Funded by the Foundation: Enhancing the Safety of Critical Infrastructure Important to Society, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, 3-5 September.

Sampson, H. (2014) 'Out of Sight, out of Mind? The Industry Approach to Seafarers' Health and Welfare', Keynote Lecture, The Health and Welfare of Seafarers: Past, Present and Prospects Conference, Maritime Historical Studies Centre, University of Hull, 30 January.   

Sampson, H. (2010) 'Seafarer Welfare in the 21st Century' The Nautical Institute West of Scotland Branch Seminar: 2010 year of the Seafarer Challenges and Opportunities, The Tall Ship, Glasgow Harbour, Scotland, 21 May. 

Sampson, H. (2010) 'Undertaking Maritime Related Social Science Research', Keynote Address, The International Seminar on Maritime Research in Academia & Industries, Chennai, India, 6 February.

Sampson, H. (2009) Keynote Speaker, International Maritime English Conference (IMEC), University of Szcecin, Poland, 6-8 October.

Sampson, H., (2004) ‘Avoiding accidents, safeguarding seafarers: an exploration of the erosion of safety standards at sea’, The Anglo-Eastern Seminar, Mumbai, India, 18-19 February.

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Round Tables/Panels

Sampson, H., Ramalho, J. (2023) Co-Chair: 'Post-Pandemic Possibilities for Workplace Change', XX ISA World Congress of Sociology, 25 June-1 July. 

Sampson, H. (2023) 'The port-based welfare needs of seafarers', Workshop Strategies for Decent Shipping, Berlin School of Economics and Law, 12 May 2023. 

Sampson, H. (2021) Chair: 'Beyond the Factor Gates': The Broader Context for Workers' Rights and Representation, IV ISA Forum of Sociology, 26 February. 

Sampson, H. (2019) Panelist: Women in Shipping Summit, ‘Mentor-ship, role models and champions – what works?’, CrewConnect, Manila, 18 November.

Sampson, H. (2018) Panelist: Wellness ROI Debate: Pay now or pay more later? Designing a Wellness strategy to boost engagement and reduce accidents, CrewConnect Hamburg, 23-24 May.

Sampson, H. (2017) 'Crew Welfare Round Table' organised by Safety at Sea Magazine, London, 21 June.  

Sampson, H. (2016) 'Maritime skills of the future', Symposium: Jobs, Skills & the Future, Nautilus UK Branch Conference, Cardiff, 4 October.  

Sampson, H. (2011) Panelist: Human Element, 1st Annual Shipping & Offshore

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Policy Workshops

Maritime Futures: The Future People Agenda, online - 28 July 2020.

Maritime 2050: People, London - 16 May 2018.

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Seafarers' Charity and ICMA, Supporting the welfare of women at sea, 18 April 2023.

The World of the Seafarer, World Maritime University, 23 September 2021. 

National Maritime Museum, 'All at Sea - Seafarer Wellbeing and Mental Health; Past, Present and Future', 24 June 2021.

NAMMA Webinar, 'Stepping up: the need for proactive employer investment in safeguarding seafarers' mental health and wellbeing', 29 March 2021. 

CMMI Webinar, 'Understanding seafarers' stress - from empirical research findings', 31 July 2020. 

Maritime Mental Health Webinar, Eyonzy Marine, 9 April 2020. 

Webinar Conversation ‘Life Aboard a Modern Cargo Ship’, NAMMA (The North >American Maritime Ministry Association), 13 October 2014.

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Conference/Seminar Papers/Posters

Sampson, H. (2023) The health and safety of women seafarers, Centre for Maritime Health and Safety, University of Southern Denmark, Annual Research Seminar, 18 April.

Sampson, H. (2021) Managing Shipping Seminar: 'Doing ethnography at sea', Gothenburg Research Institute, 6 April.

Sampson, H. (2021) Poster: Introducing the use of 'real life vignettes', IV ISA Forum of Sociology, 26 February.

Sampson, H. (2021) 'Understanding the intensification of work in the global shipping industry', IV ISA Forum of Sociology, 24 February. 

Sampson, H. (2020) 'Problem Ports: seafarers' stress and subjugation as a result of corrupt practice - A new film', CrewConnect, 16 September.

Sampson, H. (2019) 'What do we know about seafarers' mental health and wellbeing?', CrewConnect, Manila, 19 November.

Sampson, H. (2019) ‘Beyond Borders’: The Regulation of the Living and Working Conditions of International Seafarers, Global Labour Migration Conference, Amsterdam, 20-22 June.

Sampson, H. (2019) 'Ideas for improving seafarers' mental wellbeing', SIRC Symposium, Cardiff University, 13 June.  

Sampson, H. (2019) 'An Everyday Tale of Life at Sea: an animation for shipping companies', SIRC Symposium, Cardiff University, 13 June.  

Sampson, H. (2019) 'The importance of intra-organisational understanding and trust in the shipping industry, SIRC Symposium, Cardiff University, 13 June. 

Sampson, H. (2019) ‘Preventing Injuries and Fatalities at Sea’, CrewConnect Hamburg, 11 April.

Sampson, H. (2018) 'An Everyday Tale of Life at Sea: A training resource for companies to improve ship-shore relationships', CrewConnect Manila, 6 November. 

Sampson, H., Ramalho, J.R. (2018) 'Addressing the complex challenges of globalisation: Union strategies in the shipping and automotive industries', XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, 15-21 July.

Sampson, H. (2017) 'Ship-shore Interaction: Office-Crew Relationships', CrewConnect Manila, 7 November. 

Sampson, H. (2017) 'Show Him You're the Boss!' Power Dynamics in Horse-Human Relationships, Living with Animals, Kentucky, 23 March.

Sampson, H. (2016) 'Improving ship-shore interaction: what can be done?', SIRC 21st Anniversary Symposium, Cardiff University, 29-30 June.

Sampson, H. (2016) 'Making a difference: improving design and training associated with mandatory equipment', SIRC 21st Anniversary Symposium, Cardiff University, 29-30 June.

Sampson, H. (2016) ‘Seabirds matter more than us’, CSR in the International Shipping Industry, Copenhagen Business School, 25-26 May.

Sampson, H. (2016) ‘Connecting on board? Modern Multinational crews’, CrewConnect Europe Conference 2016, Copenhagen, 9-11 May.

Sampson, H. (2015) 'Reflecting on risk: Researcher identity and remote fieldwork settings', Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, 17 September.

Sampson, H. (2015) University of Southampton staff/student seminar, 'Challenging research settings: Gender, Risk and resistance, 6 May.

Sampson, H. (2014) ‘International Seafarers and transnationalism in the twenty-first century’, ‘Reviewer meets Reviewed’ Seminar organised by the British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, The British Museum, 20 November.

Sampson, H. (2014) 'Lives of Exclusion: The Experiences of Contract Workers at Sea', Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, 20 January.

Ellis, N., Sampson, H. (2013) 'Corporate Social Responsibility and the Quality of Seafarers Accommodation and Recreational Facilities', IMISS 2013 - Proceedings of the International Scientific Meeting for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Shipping, 2nd International Maritime Incident and Near Miss Reporting Conference, Maritime Center Vellamo, Kotka, Finland, 11-12 June, ISBN 978-951-29-5618-0, 91-109 (see Awards).

Sampson, H. (2013) ‘Multicultural crews: effective communication and safe manning’, The 16th European Manning & Training Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 14-15 May.  

Sampson, H. (2012) 'An interim report from a study of ship emissions undertaken at SIRC', Sustainability and Shipping Seminar organised by the centre for Business Relationships Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS), Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay, 29 May.

Sampson H., (2012) ‘Assessing new shipboard technology & training provision for seafarers’, The 5th Manning & Training in India Conference, Mumbai, India, 19-20 April.

Sampson, H. (2011) ‘Maritime careers: recruiting and retaining women seafarers’, The 14th European Manning & Training Conference, Black Sea Crewing, Istanbul, Turkey, 12-13 May.

Sampson, H. (2011) 'Design and Wellbeing: How Ships Impact on Performance', The 2nd IMarEST Marine Failure Conference 2011, London, 3-7 April.

Sampson, H. (2010) ‘Globalization, labour market transformation, and the marginalisation of transmigrant seafarers in the twenty-first century’, XV11 ISA (International Sociological Association) World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-17 July.

Bloor, M., Sampson, H. (2009) ‘Regulatory enforcement of labour standards in a globalised industry: the case of the shipping industry’, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Cardiff, 16-18 April.

Sampson, H. (2009) ‘Pressures on safety: the implications of outsourcing in the maritime industry’, CWERC Paradoxes of the supply chain and workers' health and safety Conference, Cardiff University, 3 March.

Bloor, M., Sampson, H. (2007) ‘An alternative to the concept of stress as the linking mechanism between work and ill-health?’,, 6th Global Conference on Making Sense of Health, Illness and Disease, Oxford, 9-11 July.

Sampson, H., Wu, B. (2007) ‘Thoughts on safety: the views of Chinese seafarers’, SIRC Symposium 2007, Cardiff University, 4-5 July, ISBN 1-900174-31-6

Sampson, H. (2007) ‘Seafaring: A Third World Occupation?’, Proceedings of the 10th European Manning and Training Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 23-24 May.

Bloor, M., Fincham, B., Sampson, H. (2006) ‘Dangerous Fieldwork: an inquiry for the ESRC National Centre of Research Methods’ and ‘Gender aspects of dangerous fieldwork’ (combined) ESRC Research Methods Festival, St Catherine's College, Oxford, 17-20 July.

Sampson, H., Thomas, M., (2005) ‘Skilled Seafarer shortage: Could Women be the Answer?’, LSM 8th European Manning and Training Conference, Questioning the opportunities and challenges of the future, Riga, Latvia, 10-11 May.

Sampson, H.  (2004) discussant at the 7th International Conference on Philippine Studies (ICOPHIL 7) on ‘The Filipino Seafarer: Governance, Globalization and the Human Element at Sea’, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 16-19 June.
Sampson, H., (2003) ‘Powerful unions vulnerable workers: the representation of seafarers in the global labour market’, Brazilian Congress of Anthropologists and Sociologists (ANPOCS), 21-15 October.

Sampson, H., (2003) ‘A report on the research findings of an international  pilot study of merchant officer training that was completed in March 2003 and took place in the Philippines, Singapore and the UK’, the 5th Manning and Training Conference, Future challenges and expectations in this every changing world.

Sampson, H., (2003) ‘Breaking away’, Manchester Metropolitan University, ESRC Seminar Series: Global Society.

Sampson, H., (2002) ‘Tyrants and Teamwork: The role of Power Relations and Social Interaction in Accidents and Incidents at Sea’, MARTECH 2002, 5th International Conference & Exhibition, Maritime Accidents, Is Simulation the Answer? Singapore Polytechnic, 18-20 September.

Sampson, H., Thomas, M., (2002) ‘Health and Safety at Sea: Social Factors a Neglected Dimension’, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Human Factors on Board (ISHFOB), Bremen, ISBN 3-00-008365-0.

Bloor M, Kahveci E, Sampson H, Thomas M (2001) ‘Worse things happen at sea: safety rules and procedures on merchant cargo ships’, Work, Employment & Society Conference, University of Nottingham, 11-13 September.

Thomas, M., Sampson, H., Zhao, M., (2001) ‘Behind the Scenes: Seafaring and Family Life’, SIRC Symposium Proceedings 2, Cardiff: SIRC, pp 117-143, ISBN 1-900174-16-2.

Sampson H., and Zhao M., (2000) Jobs, Jokes, and Jibes: the Importance of Effective Communication in the Operation of Ships with Multi-ethnic Crews, IMLA WOME 2A Dalian, China, 15-20 October.

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Book Reviews

Sampson, H. (2018) Review of 'Environment, labour and capitalism at sea: 'Working the ground' in Scotland' by Penny McCall Howard, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 00: 3-4.

Sampson, H. (2016) Review of 'Seascapes: shaped by the sea', Mike Brown and Barbara Humberstone (eds.), Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2015, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22: 432-433, doi:10.1111/1467-9655.12412.

Sampson, H. (2008) Review of ‘Flagging Standards – Globalisation and Environmental, Safety, and Labour Regulations at Sea’ by Elisabeth R. DeSombre. The MIT Press, London, 2006, xi +308 pp., ISBN 0 262 54190 4 in British Journal of Industrial Relations (BJIR) an International Journal of Employment Relations, 46, 4, 822-823, ISSN 0007-1080 (print), 1467- 8543 (online),

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