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Helen Sampson
Director, SIRC at Cardiff University


Helen has studied the shipping industry and seafarers since 1999. Her research and publications in this area have focussed on: work; skills and training; regulation; corporate social responsibility; gender; transnationalism; structured social space; health and wellbeing; ship-shore interaction and the use of mandatory equipment.

 In 2014 she won the British Sociological Association/BBC prize for Ethnography for her book International Seafarers and Transnationalism in the Twenty-First Century.

Agenda Sessions

  • Solutions for addressing the gender balance challenge in Maritime: Mentor-ship, role models and champions

  • What do we know about seafarers’ mental health and wellbeing?