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Key factors impacting women seafarersí participation in the evolving workplace: a qualitative exploration


Narayanan, SC and Emad, GR and Fei, J, Key factors impacting women seafarers' participation in the evolving workplace: a qualitative exploration, Marine Policy, 148 Article 105407. ISSN 0308-597X (2023) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2022.105407


Women constitute a mere 1.28 % of currently active seafarers. This is despite the concerted international efforts over the years to promote female participation in the maritime industry. Previous studies have identified several causal factors for the dismal representation of women in this sector. However, the current disruptions in the maritime workplace, mainly caused by the introduction of digital technologies and automation, have created a novel environment that limits the relevance of several previous research findings. This study aims to address that gap by investigating the factors impacting women seafarersí participation in the transition period leading to a technology-rich, highly automated future in the maritime industry. This paper is part of a larger qualitative study that looks at workplace participation and learning by seafarers. The data for this study was collected through semi-structured interviews and focus-groups conducted among seafarers and other maritime stakeholders. The thematic analysis of the data identified some physical, social, and psychological barriers that impede the workplace participation of women seafarers. Additionally, our analysis shows that the progressive adoption of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship (MASS) and Shipping 4.0 will play an important role in improving womenís participation in the shipping sector. However, to facilitate this, maritime policy makers and educators need to ensure a level playing field by providing gender-neutral access and opportunities to acquire skills and competences essential in a highly digitalised future workplace. Improving gender diversity is an essential step to align the maritime industry with the United Nationsí Sustainable Development Goal 5.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:women, seafarers, Affordance-Engagement framework, workplace participation, digitalization, Shipping 4.0, gender diversity
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Maritime transportation and freight services
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Autonomous water vehicles
UTAS Author:Narayanan, SC (CAPT Saratkumar Narayanan)
UTAS Author:Emad, GR (Dr Reza Emad)
UTAS Author:Fei, J (Associate Professor Jiangang Fei)
ID Code:155685
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2023-03-06
Last Modified:2023-03-08

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