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 Humanities and Social Sciences 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 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

Marie Smith-Solbakken, Professor of History, University of Stavanger and Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe, Professor of Social Work, Lillehammer University College, Norway

1) 40 years On: The Norwegian response to the Alexander L. Kielland Oil Platform disaster.
Thursday, 13 February, 3 p.m., Maritime History Archive (HH1013)

2) Oil, Fish and Norway's Coastal Communities: A Social Democratic Compromise?
Thursday 27 February, 1 p.m. Maritime History Archive (HH1013)

Helen Rozwadowski, Professor of History and Maritime Studies at the University of Connecticut

3) Henrietta Harvey Lecture: Writing Ocean Histories
Wednesday February 12, 7:00 pm. Signal Hill Campus,

Reception to follow.

Recent Events

The Age of Sail: An Environmental Alibi
Delivered by Dr Claire Campbell, Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Bucknell University to an audience at Memorial University on 6 September, 2019.



Chairs of the MSRU

  • Gerald Panting 1986 - 1989
  • Danny Vickers 1989 - 2002
  • Peter Pope 2002 - 2008
  • Valerie Burton 2008 - 2019
  • Kurt Korneski 2019 - 


Maritime Studies Research Unit

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000