Project description

This research project aims to identify, evaluate and critically assess the impact of new technologies likely to be introduced in the global transportation sector by 2040 with a special emphasis on maritime transport. The specific focus of this project is an assessment of the implications of the new technologies and automation on jobs and the employment situation in the transport sector and how some of the negative side effects of the implementation of technologies and automation can be mitigated.

On 15 January the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the World Maritime University (WMU) launched a flagship report entitled: "Transport 2040: Automation Technology Employment - the Future of Work”.

Principal Investigator

Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs

Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs graduated from the University of Rostock, Germany with a M.Sc. equivalent degree in Transport Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) in 1995. In 2003 he completed his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Safety Science at the University of Wuppertal, Germany with a thesis about causes of maritime casualties and underlying factors.

Project Officer

Dong-Wook Song

Dong-Wook Song is Korean Chair and Professor of Maritime Economics and Logistics at the World Maritime University, Sweden. Prior to the current post, he worked at Edinburgh Napier and Heriot-Watt University in the UK, and Hong Kong University. He holds a BA(Hons) with First Class in Shipping Management from Korea Maritime University, an MSc in International Shipping and Logistics, and a PhD in Maritime Economics and Logistics from the University of Plymouth, UK. He also attended an Industrial Economics Course at the London School of Economics.

Tiago Fonseca

Dr. Tiago Fonseca joined WMU as a Technical Officer for researching the implications of technological development on jobs and employment for maritime and transportation sectors.

Xiaoning Shi

Xiaoning Shi conducts research in game theoretical aspects in modelling and analysing the liner shipping industry during her Ph.D. program. Now she is active in the general area of shipping and port economics and management. At WMU she is working in the Maritime Risk and System Safety (MaRiSa) Research Group. Before joining the WMU, she was working at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and University of Hamburg, respectively. 

Khanssa Lagdami

Dr Khanssa Lagdami joined WMU in 2015 as a Researcher. Her areas of expertise are Law of the Sea, Ocean governance and policy, Marine environmental law, maritime security, maritime transport and new technologies. Khanssa carries over than 10 years of experience as a Researcher in maritime and ocean affairs. Her research interests involve project creation, project management as well as capacity building and training (especially for developing countries).

Project Duration

February, 2017 to February, 2019