Sanley Abila

He describes himself as a social scientist and bioethicist, with a strong interest in maritime education, piracy, health-related issues of piracy, and clinical trials in the Philippines. In 2014, he worked as an external consultant of Unified Biomedical Research Ethics Review Committee, College of Medicine, West Visayas State University, Iloilo City, Philippines. He had also done researches with a variety of locally- and foreign-funded projects including the impacts of Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) to seafarers (2014); the social and personal impacts of piracy experience on Filipino seafarers and their families (2011); and documenting and examining the aid from NGOs given to oil spill disaster victims in Guimaras, Philippines (2006). He has also served as an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Visayas from 2007-2009, teaching ethics, introduction to philosophy and social science theories to undergraduate students.





  • Acejo, Iris, & Abila, Sanley (accepted for publication). “Rubbing out gender: women and merchant ships”, Journal of Organizational Ethnography.

  • Acejo, Iris, Abila, Sanley & Watanabe, Eimi, (2015). “To English or not to English: The use of English aboard ships among Seafarers who are non-native speakers of English,” In: Massimiliano Musi (Ed.), New Challenges in Maritime Law: De Lege Lata et De Lege Ferenda, Bologna, Italy: Bonomo Editore, (pp. 623-644).

  • Abila, Sanley & Batiduan, Benelyn, (2015). “Impact of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 on Philippine labor policy arrangements for Filipino seafarers working aboard foreign-flagged vessels.  John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University Maritime Journal, Vol. 1: 19 – 25. ISSN-2423-2009.

  • Dacanay, Jabeth Sena,  Abila, Sanley & Pia, Jean, (2015). “Standard Employment Contract of Filipino Seafarers: A Source of Protection or Restriction?” John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University Maritime Journal, Vol. 1: 42 – 52. ISSN-2423-2009.

  • Abila, Sanley & Tang, Lijun, (2014). “Trauma, post-trauma and support in the shipping industry: The experience of Filipino seafarers after pirate attacks.  Marine Policy, Vol. 46: 132 – 136.

  • Abila, Sanley & Parcon, Cristabel Rose, (2014). “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Philippines in the context of a disaster.” Book chapter.  In: Hall, Rosalie Arcala. (Ed.). Life Interrupted: Social Science Insights from the 2006 M/T Solar I Oil Spill. Miag-ao, Iloilo: University of the Philippines Visayas Oil Spill Research Program. ISBN 978-971-95920-0-6.

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