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Sailors and TradersA Maritime History of the Pacific Peoples$

Alastair Couper

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832391

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832391.001.0001

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About the Author

About the Author

Sailors and Traders
University of Hawai'i Press

Alastair D. Couper was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He attended nautical school and spent ten years at sea, qualifying as a master mariner. He earned an MA degree in geography at the University of Aberdeen and a PhD in human geography at the Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, and was awarded an honorary DSc from the University of Plymouth, England. He was a lecturer in international transport at Durham University and professor of maritime studies, dean of applied sciences, and director of the Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) at Cardiff University (1970–1998). He spent two years as a professor at the World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden, and is a visiting professor at Greenwich Maritime Institute, London. He has professional and research experience over many years in the Pacific, including sailing with island crews. His activities have also included performing United Nations surveys and serving as a trustee of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; a member of the Executive Board, Law of the Sea Institute, Honolulu; and editor and founder of the international journal Maritime Policy and Management. He has published extensively in the field of maritime studies, including Voyages of Abuse (1999) and Part 1 of Seafarers’ Rights (2005).