Desai Shan

Desai Shan
Memorial University of Newfoundland ·  Division of Community Health and Humanities

PhD, LLB

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Introduction
Desai Shan currently works at the Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University (2018-2019). Desai does research in maritime safety, occupational health and safety, international law and socio-legal studies. Her current project is 'Regulating Occupational Health and Safety in the Canadian Arctic Gateway.'
Additional affiliations
March 2020 - present
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
June 2018 - present
Dalhousie University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
March 2017 - April 2018
University of Ottawa
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
September 2012 - January 2017
Cardiff University
Field of study
  • Maritime-related Social Science, OHS
September 2011 - July 2012
Cardiff University
Field of study
  • Social Science Research Methods
September 2006 - July 2010
Dalian Maritime University
Field of study
  • Maritime Law

Publications

Publications (29)
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Seafaring remains one of the most adventurous yet dangerous forms of work. Compared to shore-based industrial workers, seafarers suffer a risk of fatality that is up to 11 times higher. Workplace fatality is proved to be harmful to the social, financial and health conditions of surviving families. Although there has been an increase in attention gi...
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The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 outlines a framework for states to enforce jurisdiction over maritime labour matters, including the Flag State, Port State and Labour Supplying State. However, the Convention does not provide explicit guidance on jurisdiction determination. This article argues that seafarers should have the right to access the j...
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This research explores the experiences of Chinese seafarers and bereaved families in the process of claiming compensation following workplace accidents. For a long time, issues regarding seafarers’ rights in such cases have failed to attract substantial public attention. International and Chinese studies indicate that seafarers may suffer higher ri...
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Si la pandémie a bouleversé le monde du travail, elle n'a pas entièrement paralysé le commerce international, ce moteur essentiel de l'activité économique, ni le transport maritime, dont dépend l'acheminement de plus de 90 pour cent des marchandises mondiales. Cependant, en raison des restrictions destinées à freiner la propagation du virus, les ge...
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La pandemia de COVID‐19 ha transformado el mundo del trabajo, pero el comercio mundial sigue considerándose una esfera de actividad esencial y el transporte marítimo, como motor de la globalización, no puede detenerse. En este contexto, pocos Gobiernos han permitido a la gente de mar —que transporta más del 90 por ciento de las mercancías mundiales...
Conference Paper
Introduction Noise exposure is a significant concern for fish harvesters, as it can cause serious health problems. Occupational noise exposure can result in hearing loss and non-auditory health issues such as annoyance, asthma, insomnia, cognitive disability, and diminished quality of life and well-being. Objectives The aim of this study is to det...
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Background: Occupational noise exposure has been identified as a significant risk factor for fish harvesters. Chronic noise exposure causes hearing and other health problems and undermines the quality of life and well-being. This review paper aims to highlight noise-related auditory and non-auditory health effects among fish harvesters. Materials...
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The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the world of work. But global trade is still recognized as an essential business, and maritime transport as an engine of globalization cannot be paused. Since the onset of the pandemic, few governments have allowed seafarers – who transport more than 90 per cent of global commodities – to leave their ships and retu...
Chapter
In the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, decent work and economic growth are the eighth sustainable development goal (SDG). Maritime transportation supports over 80% of the international trade, and more than 1.6 million seafarers work at sea to ensure marine transportation is safe, efficient and environmentally friendly. Seafarers make a cri...
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Non-compliance with labour standards impedes enforcement of workers’ rights in human resource supply chains. Despite governments’ efforts to improve labour standards and encourage employer-centred voluntary compliance programmes, infringements of workers’ rights are widely reported. Using a qualitative socio-legal study of Chinese seafarers’ worker...
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This chapter explores the occupational health and safety challenges faced by Canadian seafarers. Maritime occupations continue to be among the most dangerous occupations in the world. Technological development and climate change, as well as the increasing level of Arctic shipping opening driven by oceanographic changes together with technological i...
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With economic reform, in China, labour turnover of seafarers became more possible. However, little attention has been paid to its consequences. A limited literature indicates that Chinese seafarers may leave state-owned enterprises to become freelance seafarers, working in the global labour market for better wages and employment conditions. There h...
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In this chapter we discuss the challenge that the regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions poses to the mandate and structure of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The discussion is undertaken against the backdrop of the evolution of the organization since it was established. We consider the implications of the IMO Initial GHG strat...
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Shipping is a safety-critical industry and seafaring is a demanding job. Fatigue among seafarers is attracting increasing attention due to its implications for their health and safety, for public safety and for environmental risk. Seafaring, like other forms of transportation work entails work on moving (floating) and geographically mobile platform...
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Seafaring involves multiple patterns of mobility. Ships are mobile workplaces that connect and disconnect from land. Many move within and between national boundaries. Maritime labor forces are recruited from multiple locations engaging in varying commutes to and from homeports—international commutes for international labor forces and internal commu...
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The right to life is a basic and fundamental core human right. Despite the idea that the lives of all human beings are equal under the protection of the law, the special characteristics of the seafarers’ profession suggests that they should be granted additional attention and protection. In recent years, issues related to seafarers’ welfare have mo...
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This chapter provides an overview of work disability policies in China. Work disability occurs when a worker is unable to stay at work or return to work because of an injury or disease (Loisel & Côté, 2013). Although there is no corresponding term for work disability in the Chinese legal framework, the state has adopted legal instruments aiming to...
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The families of Chinese seafarers who die at sea face various challenges from labour-supplying companies, shipowners and their liability insurers. The fragmented and transnational nature of employment relationships increases the difficulties that victims’ families have to face, which give overseas employers more power to control the claim. Although...
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Labour rights of merchant seafarers being held hostage are still blurred in the current legal framework and the maritime industry practice. This paper aims to shed light on the entitlements and rights of seafarers who are hijacked by pirates when they navigate in high-risk waters. Because transit through the waters is under the instruction of shipo...
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The discourse of ‘rights defence’ (weiquan), referring to the grassroots’ struggle for legal redress after their lawful interests are encroached upon, has gained increasing popularity in China in the last two decades. Given the ubiquity of the Internet nowadays, rights defence activities also take place online; in a small number of cases, they deve...

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Projects (6)
Project
Exploring OHS challenges faced by maritime workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
Project
The goal of this research project is to look at how Canadian public policies can promote better practices to ensure sustainable return to work for all injured workers. More specifically, six research programs will examine the scope and effectiveness of regulated return to work policies applied to workers injured: • while working in non-standard employment (temporary, on-call, part-time, and self-employed workers) • while engaging in employment-related geographical mobility • while working full time at minimum wage. We are also interested in challenges faced by workers who • are migrants or recent immigrants injured at work • are attempting to return to work after having suffered a mental health problem and in the roles of unions and workplaces in supporting return to work considering the applicable policy frameworks. This research program’s scope currently includes workers living in Québec, Ontario and the Maritime Provinces and may expand to other Canadian provinces. When possible, we will include both unionized and non-unionized workers within the purview of our research, and partners are chosen accordingly.
Project
to highlight the perception of noise, to explore on board noise prevention and management strategies adopted, and barriers and challenges facing by fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador.