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The World of the Seafarer

Qualitative Accounts of Working in the Global Shipping Industry

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  • Dealing with contemporary issues relating to the life and work of seafarers and to the modern shipping industry
  • Written by leaders in their field
  • Provides an account that is global in reach and yet detailed and empirically rich

Part of the book series: WMU Studies in Maritime Affairs (WMUSTUD, volume 9)

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Support for Seafarers and Their Families


About this book

This open access book constitutes an ethnographic mosaic which depicts the contextual complexities of the life and work of seafarers who are employed in the international merchant cargo fleet. The collection is based upon the observations and interviews of researchers in multiple disciplines. It is woven together to offer a richly detailed insight into the ways in which a complex global industry operates internationally. The book covers issues to do with career decisions and recruitment, gender, life and work on board multinational vessels, health and safety issues, the regulation of the industry, shipboard roles and role conflict, and the representation of workers. It will be of considerable interest to all students globally who are studying for professional seafaring qualifications, to graduate students studying for masters courses in ship and port management, and to welfare professionals and policy makers. It is of special interest to those connected to the shipping industry who specialize in issues relating to 'the human element' and will serve as a paradigm defining text in this area.

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chains, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

    Victor Oyaro Gekara

  • Seafarers International Research Centre School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK

    Helen Sampson

About the editors

Dr Gekara is Associate Professor in the College of Business and Law at RMIT University. His research expertise is in the area of skills development and workforce planning in the context of industrial transformations and the future of work. In this respect, he has undertaken research and published journal papers and book chapters on seafarer training and the changing global dynamics of skills development and  labour supply in the shipping sector. He is the co-founder and leader of the Skills, Training and Industry Research Group (STIRN) at RMIT, which develops and disseminates important research in the general area of skills, work and employment. 

Prof. Helen Sampson has studied the shipping industry and seafarers since 1999. Her research and publications in this area have focussed on: work; skills and training; regulation; corporate social responsibility; gender; transnationalism; structured social space; health and wellbeing; ship-shoreinteraction and the use of mandatory equipment. Helen has also contributed to debates on research methods and has published articles and chapters on: researcher risk; Delphi groups; pilot studies; real life vignettes; and accessing elites. She is interested in the emerging area of Human-Animal Studies (HAS) and has undertaken research on horse welfare in Wales and power relationships between horses and their keepers. In 2014 she won the British Sociological Association/BBC prize for Ethnography for her book International Seafarers and Transnationalism in the Twenty-First Century.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The World of the Seafarer

  • Book Subtitle: Qualitative Accounts of Working in the Global Shipping Industry

  • Editors: Victor Oyaro Gekara, Helen Sampson

  • Series Title: WMU Studies in Maritime Affairs

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-49824-5Published: 04 December 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-49827-6Published: 20 February 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-49825-2Published: 03 December 2020

  • Series ISSN: 2196-8772

  • Series E-ISSN: 2196-8780

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 198

  • Number of Illustrations: 7 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Law of the Sea, Air and Outer Space, Maritime Economics, Gender Studies

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