Tafsir Matin Johansson
Associate Research Officer, Global Ocean Institute
PhD, Maritime Affairs, World Maritime University
MSc, International Maritime Law, University of Lund, Sweden
LL.B (Honours), Department of Law, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh

Dr. Tafsir Matin Johansson is employed as an Associate Research Officer at the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute (Global Ocean Institute) in Malmö, Sweden. Prior to joining the Global Ocean Institute, Tafsir served as Research Associate at the World Maritime University (WMU) where he has held office since 2013. Tafsir is a policy analyst with a Ph.D. in Maritime Affairs from WMU, an LLM in Maritime Law from the University of Lund, Sweden, and an LLB from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.


Dr. Johansson has led research teams and worked proactively on regulatory development projects funded by Transport Canada (Government of Canada) since 2014 in diverse areas under Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, e.g., oil spill intervention, abandoned vessels and derelicts, ISPS Code, marine medical certificate for seafarers, and aquaculture of salmonids. The work for Transport Canada mirrors noteworthy and significant developments within the European Union. Tafsir continues to develop research proposals under the supervision of the Canadian Chair of WMU. Previous engagements also include collaboration with researchers from other disciplines for identifying models and best practices based on comparative analysis in a number of projects, including those that have been funded by the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU), the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) and the Danish Shipowner’s Association. Based on his work on abandoned vessels and wrecks, he was invited to present a paper with Professor Neil Bellefontaine in the 2017 international seminar titled “Wrecks as Environmental Risks: The Legal Framework” jointly organized by Baltic Area Legal Studies (BALEX) and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).


Dr. Johansson has published extensively in the field of ocean governance, corporate social responsibility, international law and environmental law. He co-authored his first book (with former Associate Academic Dean of WMU, Patrick Donner) that deals with the Arctic legal regime with a specific highlight on “stakeholder theory”. In 2018, Tafsir co-edited a book (with Dr. Lawrence Hildebrand and Dr. Lawson Brigham) titled “Sustainable Shipping in a Changing Arctic”. His key area of interest lies in developing policy briefs for government officials as well as applying “legal theory research” and “expository research” to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of national laws in dealing with contentious issues in the maritime and ocean domain.