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Neither Resident nor Expatriate: Seafaring Citizens and Deterritorialized Development

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    Dr A Margheritis
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Project Description

There are 1.6 million seafarers currently working in the global shipping industry. Many of them come from island nations with developing economies in the Asia Pacific region. But we know very little about:

What measures governments take to facilitate the formation and maintenance of these communities?
How do seafarers themselves exercise their political rights in their country of origin?
How their activity contributes to state development?

These questions are significant because they arise at the intersection of contemporary debates about the contribution of transnational communities to development, and the role of the state in facilitating both. They also have significant implications for the global shipping industry.

By combining theoretical and empirical insights and utilising a range of methods, this project will draw these perspectives together to provide a more nuanced set of insights that uncovers both the policies that underpin the creation of seafaring populations and the economic and other benefits they deliver to their respective countries.

The successful applicant will be part of the Leverhulme Trust “Understanding Maritime Futures” Doctoral Programme and will participate in the cohort training as well as receiving training in the research methods required for this specific project.

Funding Notes

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – SMMI STUDENTSHIP FUNDING - this project is only open to UK/EU applicants.
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Please apply for the PhD in Politics at the link below. Please specify in the funding section that you wish to be considered for this project. Please also email [email protected] to confirm that you have applied for this project.

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