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Helen Sampson
Director at Seafarers International Research Centre


Helen Sampson joined the Seafarers International Research Centre in 1999. She became a Senior Research Associate in 2001 and Deputy Director of SIRC in 2002. In September 2003 Helen was appointed as SIRC’s Director. Helen has a background in policy-related teaching and research. Her first degree is in Sociology and she holds a Postgraduate Certificate of Education PGCE (Economics and Social Studies – FE/Secondary) and a PhD.                        At SIRC Helen’s research interests have developed in relation to multinational crewing, training, women seafarers, the impact of changing technology on seafarers’ work, issues of regulation, family life, globalisation, and seafarer health and safety. 

In 2013 Helen was appointed as specialist advisor to the House of Commons' Transport Committee. Previously, in 2010, Helen was invited to join the European Commission's Task Force on Maritime Employment and Competitiveness chaired by Sir Robert Coleman. The objective of the task force was to consider the employment conditions of EU seafarers and the competitiveness of the European fleet.             

Helen is an active supporter of the International Sociological Association and is a member of the RC30 board which focuses upon the sociology of work. 

Helen was an external examiner for the World Maritime University, Sweden from 2010-2012, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Przestrzen Spoleczna (Social Space) international journal. 

Agenda Sessions

  • Problem Ports: seafarers’ stress and subjugation as a result of corrupt practice’: A New Film