Please Enter a Search Term

The Maritime Studies Research Unit

St John’s Harbour c. 1905 Job Photograph Collection Reproduced by courtesy of the Maritime History Archive.

The Maritime Studies Research Unit [MSRU] is a research unit within the Faculty of Arts of Memorial University. It fosters research on maritime topics across the University. Members are involved in the interpretation of human behaviour in marine and coastal environments, both in the past and the present. The Unit emphasizes interdisciplinary work and provides opportunities for Memorial faculty and students and visiting scholars to present their research in workshops and colloquia and as individual paper presentations. The Unit’s occasional activities have recently involved schools, family history societies and environmental organizations.

Membership in the MSRU is open to faculty and staff of Memorial University with research interests in maritime studies.

Graduate students attached to any unit at Memorial are eligible for membership as associates of the MSRU.

Scholars sharing these interests at other institutions are also eligible for associate membership.

The Chair of the MSRU, Valerie Burton, welcomes enquiries from individuals interested in the Unit’s activities and in joining it or in contacting any of its researchers. Please email her at

The Unit’s forthcoming events are advertised on the notice-board below. Profiles of the members, including more detailed accounts of their specializations, follow.

Forthcoming Events

Dr. Barbara Neis will give the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) New Fellow Public Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rocket Room, 272 Water St., in St. John’s

Dr. Neis is a member of the Department of Sociology in Memorial University’s Faculty of Arts and was named a Fellow of the RSC in 2013. 

She is a Memorial University Research Professor, the co-director of the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research and the principal investigator on the Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance. 

Her Feb. 19 presentation will draw on insights from a research career focused largely on problem-solving research in Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Neis will also reflect on what these insights tell us about current and future changes to the research enterprise.

The Royal Society of Canada is the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scholars, artists and scientists. Its primary objective is to promote learning and research in the arts, the humanities and the natural and social sciences. 

All are welcome to attend.