WEBINAR - The World of the Seafarer


The World of the Seafarer”: an important new book is launched!
In the shipping industry, 1.9 million seafarers are estimated to work on cruise and cargo vessels. Seafarers have been, and continue to be, at the forefront of global maritime transportation. However, the recognition of seafarers’ work and sacrifice is patchy and analyses of the shipping industry are insufficient.

A new volume from the WMU Studies in Maritime Affairs book series, titled “The World of the Seafarer: Qualitative Accounts of Working in the Global Shipping Industry” (2021) partially addresses the need for a broader understanding of this sector and provides a detailed account of the industry as a complex jigsaw of globally dispersed elements. The volume has been positively reviewed in the maritime press and is being widely read with more than 28,000 downloads registered on the publishers’ website.

This webinar marks both the book launch and the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) World Maritime Day 2021, which has the theme of “Seafarers at the core of shipping’s future”. We invite the audience to meet the Editors of the book as well as the contributors of some of the book’s chapters, who will speak about their PhD research work funded by the Nippon Foundation. The book is open-access thanks to the generous support by The Nippon Foundation and we are delighted to invite Dr. Yohei Sasakawa, Chair of The Nippon Foundation to open this important webinar.

To download the e-book, please click here: The World of the Seafarer 

The webinar is open to the public. To register, click here.


Dr. Yohei Sasakawa, Chair, The Nippon Foundation
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Co-Editor Dr. Helen Sampson, Professor, Director, Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) - Cardiff University, UK

Co-Editor Dr. Victor Oyaro Gekara, Professor, College of Business and Law, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia; NF-SIRC Fellow
Book chapter contributors from NF-SIRC Fellows


Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, WMU


Dr. Momoko Kitada, Associate Professor, WMU; NF-SIRC Fellow

The webinar is open to the public. To register, click here.

photo credit: Nelson Turgo