Dr. Tafsir Matin Johansson

Dissertation Title: Abandoned Vessel and Derelict Management in a Canadian Federal Context: Strategic Proposals and Pragmatic Alternatives Based on Legal Interpretation, International Law & European Union Best Practice

What attracted you to WMU and/or why did you choose WMU? Simply put, WMU is a maritime think tank with a UN flavour. WMU’s mission to be the world centre of excellence in maritime and oceans education, and professional training and research is unique in every sense. The University has an intellectual bandwidth of highly qualified and experienced faculties, and all the necessary infrastructure to support its students. During my internship days at the University, I realized that WMU always strives to stay true to its mission and vision, and that is what captivated me and shaped my decision to enrol as a Doctoral candidate.

Why did you select the research topic you worked on? I came across the research topic i.e., abandoned vessels and derelict, while working on a regulatory development project funded by Transport Canada. During the project-phase, I felt that in order to provide a more research-based insight to the Canadian federal government officials, there was a need to venture beyond numbers, figures, black letters of the law, and the Terms of Reference of the project. The only way that could be accomplished was through producing a doctoral thesis on the subject matter, and one that could complement the then ongoing efforts of the concerned Canadian authorities. It was an appropriate and timely basis to undertake a doctoral research.

What is the highlight of studying at WMU? The unconditional support, guidance, and mental inspiration from supervisors, Director of Doctoral Studies, colleagues, and the Vice President Academic, has been the biggest highlight for me during my doctoral candidature at WMU. The constant hands-on dedication of the concerned people at the University is what has made this challenging journey a success and subsequently, a larger than life experience for me.

What are your plans after graduation? After graduation, I would like to continue my work as a researcher at WMU, and develop more regulatory development project proposals with the concerned faculty members of WMU to support the effective implementation of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan. I would also like to be involved in projects related to ocean governance, and disseminate knowledge through teaching activities at the University. In the long run, I see myself working as a Policy Analyst under a reputed maritime institution, whether public or private.