Dr Iris Acejo

Research Associate
email: AcejoI@cf.ac.uk

Iris completed her PhD study on transnational assimilation of Filipino seafarers, through the SIRC–Nippon Foundation Fellowship programme in 2013. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Economics at the University of the Philippines (U.P.). Under the PIDS-HRD Scholarship Program, she took Master of Arts in Economics in the same university and has been involved in various policy studies concerning migration, labour and employment. From 2005–2006, she had a teaching stint at the U.P. School of Economics as a teaching fellow.

2022 - Awarded Best Paper at the International Conference on Sociological Perspectives on Gender Stratification, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology.

2015 - Shortlisted for Best Paper Award at the 10th Annual Liverpool Symposium on Current Developments in Ethnographic Research in the Social and Management Sciences.


Conference Papers
SIRC Reports
Chapters in Books/Articles Reproduced in Books


Abila, S.A. and Acejo, I. (2021) 'Mental health of Filipino seafarers and its implications for seafarers' education', International Maritime Health, 72(3): 183-192, DOI: 10.5603/IMH2021.0035.

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.

Acejo, I. and Abila, S.S. (2016) 'Rubbing out gender: women and merchant ships', Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 5(2): 123-128. DOI: 10.1108/JOE-01-2016-0004.

Gekara, V., Acejo, I. and Sampson, H. (2013) 'Re-imaginining Global Union Representation Under Globalisation: A Case of Seafaring Labour and the Nautilus International Cross-border Merger, Global Labour Journal, 4(2): 167-185. DOI: 10.15173/glj.v4i3.1139.

Acejo, I. (2012) ‘Seafarers and transnationalism: ways of belongingness ashore and aboard’, Journal of Intercultural Studies, 33(1): 69-84. DOI: 10.1080/07256868.2012.633317.

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SIRC Reports

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

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.

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.

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Conference Papers

Acejo, I. (2019) Causes of accidents at sea: an analysis of accident investigation reports, SIRC Symposium, Cardiff University, 13 June.  

*Acejo, I., Abila, S. S. (2015) ‘Dressing and Addressing: Symbolism Aboard Merchant Ships’, 10th Annual Ethnography Symposium, University of Liverpool, 25-26 August.

Turgo, N., Ellis, N., Tang, L., Sampson, H. and Acejo, I. (2013) 'The Use of Mandatory Equipment On-board', SIRC Symposium, Cardiff University 3-4 July, ISBN 1-900174-46-4.

Turgo, N., Sampson, H., Acejo, I., Ellis, N. and Tang, L. (2013) 'Understanding the Relationships Between Ship and Shore Personnel', SIRC Symposium, Cardiff University 3-4 July, ISBN 1-900174-46-4.

Tang, L., Acejo, I., Ellis, N., Turgo, N. and Sampson, H. (2013) 'Behind the Headlines? An Analysis of Accident Investigation Reports', SIRC Symposium, Cardiff University 3-4 July, ISBN 1-900174-46-4.

Acejo, I. (2012) 'Return, integration and sense of community belongingness: a glimpse of the seafaring  transnational experience', Understanding the migrant experience, Swansea University, Swansea, 25-26 June.

Acejo, I. (2012) 'Trans-national labour and the implication for the representation under globalisation; examining the case of seafaring labour and the Nautilus International cross-border merger', 16th World Congress: Beyond Borders: Governance of Work in a Global Economy, International Labour and Employment Relations Association, Philadelphia, 2-5 July.

Acejo, I., Sampson, H., Turgo, N. and Wadsworth, E. (2011) ‘The Health and Self-medication Practices of Seafarers’, SIRC Symposium, Cardiff University 6-7 July, ISBN 1-900174-39-1.

Acejo, I. (2010) ‘Governance from abroad: the role of transnational linkages in the politics of decision-making among temporary migrants’, Democratisation in Asia. 49th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS), Centre of Asian Democracy, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, 15-17 January.

Acejo, I. (2009) 'Transnational Crews and Their Ways of Belongingness', Paper presented at the International Conference on Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations, Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation: Melbourne, Australia.

Acejo, I. (2009) ‘Maintaining Transnational Connections’, Maritime matters in the 21st Century, The 1st SIRC-Nippon Fellow Maritime Conference, Cardiff, 22 January, ISBN 1-900174-36-7.


Chapters in Books/Articles Reproduced in Books

Abueg, L.C. & Acejo, I.L. (forthcoming) 'Revisiting resiliency and sustainability of the tourism and built environment nexus: macroeconomic and micro-level evidence from the Philippines towards the "next normal"'. 


Acejo, I., Abila, S. and Watanabe, E. (2015) 'To English or not to English? Use of English aboard ships among merchant seafarers who are non-native speakers of English', in Massimiliano Musi (ed.) New Challenges in Maritime Law: De Lege Lata Et Di Lege Ferenda, Bologna, Bonomo Editore. 


Acejo, I.L. & Abueg, L.C. (2022) 'Sailing through post-pandemic recovery: The role of the state for workers in cruise tourism industry in the Philippines', Chapter 13, pp 227-248.  In ?The Emerald Handbook of Destination Recovery in Tourism and Hospitality, ?edited by P Mohanty, A Sharma, J Kennell and A Hassan, UK: Emerald Publishing Ltd.


Sampson, H., 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.


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