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Minghua  Zhao

Dr Minghua Zhao

Director of the China Centre (Maritime)

School of Maritime Science and Engineering

Room no. RM401


Minghua is the director of China Centre (Maritime), a new research centre at School of Maritime Science and Engineering, which aims to promote research and disseminate the studies of the role of China as a world major maritime nation. As a university resource at Solent, it will act as a bridge, helping to bring the Southampton Solent University closer with other universities and partners in China in the fields of teaching, research, consultancy and other areas of collaboration.

Before this appointment, Minghua’s employment experiences included:

  • Deputy director, Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich (2004-2015)
  • Deputy director, Seafarers International Research Centre, Cardiff University (1998-2004)
  • Research associate with Women Studies Programme, University of Hawaii (1995-1998).

Having studied in the UK (PhD, Bristol), the US (MSc, Connecticut) and China (MA & BA, Henan), Minghua is an established maritime sociologist with excellent international reputation in specialist research on maritime policy especially policies concerning human factors in shipping and fisheries, in particular on issues concerning gender and China.

Specifically, her research covers seafarers’ labour market, their welfare and work and living conditions, employment policy and practice for women seafarers in commercial shipping, women’s participation in fisheries in European and Chinese coastal communities. Her research achievements are well reflected in her academic publications, postgraduate teaching and research students supervision.