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7 July 2022

Plight of seafarers' living conditions highlighted 

4 March 2022

New research study for women working on cargo ships

9 September 2021

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

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

23 July 2021

Recommended standard of accommodation for seafarers working on board cargo vessels

9 July 2021

New film released: Faith and the welfare of seafarers working on cargo ships

24 February 2020

Theft and extortion common experiences, say seafarers 

6 November 2019

Loneliness of seafarers highlighted in report

SIRC Symposium 2019

The SIRC Symposium took place on 13 June at Cardiff University, to view the presentations click here.

Helen Sampson launches free training resource at CrewConnect Manila

On 6 November 2018 Prof Helen Sampson launched a free training resource designed to improve relationships between those working on ships and staff working ashore.  For further details click here

Nelson Turgo wins 'Best Research Paper Award'

On 25 September 2018 Dr Nelson Turgo was awarded Best Research Paper at the 8th Annual International Conference on Political Science, Sociology and International Relations (PSSIR 2018), Singapore, for 'Time after time: Filipino seafarers' notion and experiencing of time on board ocean-going cargo vessels'.

Alastair Couper

13 September 2018

We are very sad to announce the death of Professor Alastair Couper

Alastair was the first Director of SIRC which he helped to establish in the period 1995-7.  He continued to be a great supporter of the Centre long after his retirement and regularly attended key events.  He never stopped writing or working for justice for seafarers and fishers, publishing his latest book Fishers and Plunderers in 2015.  He will be missed by all of us at SIRC and remembered for his kindness and enthusiasm.

Working with industry to reduce the dangers faced by seafarers, August 2018

Pioneering research which has lifted the lid on many issues directly and indirectly undermining the safety of seafarers is being used to effect changes within the industry.  Read the article here. 

Paper nominated for award

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 has been nominated for the Maritime Policy Management Best Paper of the Year Award 2016. Download free of charge here.

Global CrewConnect Manila, November 2016

  Prof Helen Sampson and Dr Nelson Turgo attended the 2016 Global CrewConnect Conference in Manila where Prof Sampson took part in a panel of experts considering the future demands for seafarer training and how these might be met.

Combatting crime and corruption in many of the world's ports, October 2016

Cardiff University reports on SIRC's four-year project, generously supported by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and The TK Foundation, examining the relationship between seafarers and shore-side personnel.  Read the article here.

The Royal Society’s Newton International Fellow, October 2015

Israeli scholar Dr Jonathan Preminger is SIRC’s first Newton International Fellow.  The funding (to September 2017) will support the development of work on ‘Labour relations in a “national” industry following globalization’.  Email  

Paper shortlisted for Best Paper Award

In the 10th Annual Liverpool Symposium on Current Developments in Ethnographic Research in the Social and Management Sciences, Dr Iris Acejo and Sanley Abila's paper entitled 'Dressing and addressing: symbolisms on board merchant ships' was shortlisted for the Best Paper Award.  The event was hosted at University of Liverpool from 25-28 August 2015. 

Book nominated for Mountbatten Maritime Award

International Seafarers and transnationalism in the twenty first century by Professor Helen Sampson was nominated for the 2014 Maritime Foundation Mountbatten Maritime Award. This award is made to the author of a work of literature (published during the qualifying period) which in the view of the awards committee ‘contributes most significantly to public awareness of maritime issues’.

In 2014 the Maritime Foundation received a record number of nominations for its four categories of award. Of the 89 nominations received, 46 were entered for the Mountbatten Maritime Award.  The winners of the awards were announced at a dinner hosted by the Maritime Foundation at the Institute of Directors in London in November 2014.  

Book wins BBC Award for Ethnography

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Nelson Turgo wins 'Best Paper Award'

In August 2014 Dr Nelson Turgo was awarded ‘Best Research Paper’ at the 4th International Conference on Political Science, Sociology and International Relations (PSSIR 2014), Bangkok, for ‘“Forgetting” who don’t matter: kinship and survival in a Philippine fishing community'.

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