Record Number of PhD Graduates in 2023

L to R: Dr Renis A. Ojwala, Dr Tricia Lovell, Dr Roxanne Graham, Dr Kristal Ambrose, Dr Kristie Alleyne, Dr Anas S. Alamoush, Dr Deniece M. Aiken, Dr Ajay Deshmukh (not pictured, Dr Yingfeng Shao and Dr Seyedvahid Vakili).

At the 2023 WMU Graduation Ceremony on 28 October, a record number of ten candidates were awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in Maritime Affairs. The graduates also represent a record in terms of gender with 7 out of 10 being women, also with a record contingency from the Caribbean Region.

Professor Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr., WMU President, remarked, “Prior to assuming the role of WMU President, I served as the Director of the WMU PhD Programme, therefore I am particularly proud of the records set with this group of PhD graduates in terms of numbers, gender, and geographic region. The breadth, depth and impact of their research topics are impressive, and we are proud to count them among our esteemed, global network of alumni. The work they have already achieved points to great things to come from these individuals as they contribute their insight and expertise to the maritime and oceans fields in their home countries, as well as globally.” 

Since its founding in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the World Maritime University has established a reputation as a global center for postgraduate maritime education, research, and capacity building. In 2003, the first candidates enrolled in the PhD programme which offers the opportunity to further develop maritime specialization on research topics related to maritime safety, security, technology and energy, education, environment, shipping management, administration, and law and policy. Research at WMU directly relates to current and future issues of importance to the maritime sector and the results are contributing to policy development at IMO and its Technical Cooperation mission.

WMU’s PhD programme offers unrivaled access to international maritime experts both inside and outside academia, and to organizations working at the forefront of research and development. WMU doctoral candidates come from industry, academia and the government sector. Flexible enrollment patterns allow candidates to carry out their research either at WMU or their location of choice such as with their employer. World-renowned WMU faculty serve as supervisors with many maritime specialists serving as co-supervisors.

Follow the links below to learn more about each graduate, including their research topic and WMU experience.

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Deniece M. Aiken
Maritime Governance: Contextual Factors affecting Implementation of IMO Instruments
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The Transition to low and near zero carbon emission ports: Extent and Determinants
Kristie Alleyne
Spatiotemporal Analyses of Pelagic Sargassum: Biodiversity, Morphotypes and Arsenic Content
Kristal Ambrose
Contextual Barriers Facing Caribbean SIDS in the Global Governance of Plastic Pollution. Assessing the need for harmonized marine debris monitoring and contextual equity to support participation in the global plastics treaty negotiations by Caribbean SIDS
Ajay Deshmukh
Hinterland Connectivity and Market Share. A case of Indian Container Ports
Roxanne Graham
Combatting the Marine Litter Crisis in the Windward Islands: Examining Source-to-Sea Pathways and Fostering Multi-Scale Solutions
Tricia Lovell
Trinidad and Tobago
The Problem of Abandoned, Lost and otherwise Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG) in Eastern Caribbean Small-Scale Fisheries. Understanding the Challenges, Defining Solutions
Renis Auma Ojwala
Gender equality in ocean science for sustainable development
Yingfeng Shao
Harmonisation in the Rules Governing the Recognition of Foreign Judicial Ship Sales
Seyedvahid Vakili
The Development of a Systematic, Holistic and Transdisciplinary Energy Management Framework to Promote Environmentally Sustainable Shipyards