Greenwich Maritime Centre

Research themes

The GMC acts as an umbrella for the benefit of all maritime research at the University of Greenwich, encouraging its growth, expansion and success, in partnership with external partners and organisations.

Research themes represented by the GMC include:

Coastal communities, fisheries and conservation

Applied research on small-scale fisheries, aquaculture, responsible tourism and value-chains for the sustainable development of coastal communities and for the conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems.

For example:

In the Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences, projects (e.g. TourFish, Geography of Inshore Fishing and Sustainability) have explored how responsible tourism can be used as a vehicle for sustainable development of small-scale fishing communities, both in Europe and the Caribbean.

The Natural Resources Institute, particularly the Food and Marketing Department, have conducted projects such as:

Maritime safety, security and welfare

Providing expertise and tools to improve the safety, security  and welfare of seafarers, passengers and coastal populations, particularly in relation to evacuation procedures.

For example:

The Fire Safety Engineering group have carried out multiple projects including:

In addition to the projects listed there are also a range of You Tube videos depicting work that has been carried out as part of this research theme:

There are also PhD projects in the area of maritime security in the School of Law (in collaboration with other departments) including:

  • Maritime frameworks in the East African Community
  • Seafarers rights in China
  • Maritime security and boundaries in the Gulf of Guinea
  • Maritime security arrangements in West and East Africa
  • International regulations of private maritime security companies
  • The standards of training of ships crews for maritime security

In the Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences projects in the area of maritime welfare include 'Gender and empowerment of women in multinational-crewed environments', and PhD projects include:

  • Women's contribution to social cohesion in fishing communities along the English Channel
  • Seafarers welfare in Nigeria - looking at on-board and shore-based welfare services
  • Impact of cruise shipping to island economy in Madeira

Maritime governance, policy, law

Understanding policy and governance initiatives and legal frameworks for the sea, from both historical and current perspectives.

For example:

Recent book projects on maritime governance from the School of Law include 'The End of the Grotian Era', dealing with the development of ocean governance since the middle of the 17th Century through to the foreseeable future. Professor Steven Haines has published extensively on issues relating to governance, law and the sea.

Maritime history, heritage and the arts

Exploring of the importance of the ocean, seas and estuaries from a heritage and historical perspective, including naval and environmental history, and exploring, supporting and creating representations of the maritime world in literature and art

For example:

In the Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences, projects have explored:

The GMC also regularly features maritime artists on our website to support and promote maritime representation in the arts.

Digital technology and mapping

Providing digital technology and mapping solutions to maritime issues, such as in shipping and historical projects.

For example:

The Greenwich GIS Research Group (g3), part of Department of Computing and Information Systems, has been analysing the movement of ships within the Solent, with implications for security and port design.

The Computational Mechanics & Reliability Group (CMRG), a research group within the Department of Mathematics, has been using advanced digital technologies that can predict stress in complex solid structures, to help with the restoration of the Cutty Sark and Medway Queen (Heroine of Dunkirk). They have also been using digital techniques, that are usually used to design racing yachts, for interpreting British and French ship designs from 16th century.