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Ms Sarah A Simons  

Sarah Simons
Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+ 44 (0)29 208 76435
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Address:52 Park Place


Sarah Simons is a Kenyan mid-career professional who started from an academic background in Education, Gender, Environment and Development Studies. She previously worked in the public and private sectors in Eastern Africa and is currently a trained Crime Investigator, Researcher, Analyst and Lecturer specializing in Crime Victim Support and Witness Protection. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC), Cardiff University as a SIRC - Nippon Foundation PhD Fellow. She is also a trained Crime Victim and Witness Support volunteer with the UK National Victim Support & Witness Service. Her thesis entitled ‘Analysis of Maritime Piracy in Eastern Africa between 2000 and 2011 and its Impact on Seafarers’ Welfare” focuses on shipping crew in the international fleet as a professional group and (potential)victims of Maritime Piracy.

Research Interests

  • Role of victims in the adjudication process
  • Impact of crime on victims
  • Support programs for victims of various crimes
  • Good Practice models of Crime Witness Support
  • Restorative Justice

PhD Topic / Area

“Analysis of Maritime Piracy in Eastern Africa between 2000 – 2011 and its Impact on Seafarers’ Welfare”


Mr Trevor Jones

Prof Mick Bloor


Seafarers International Research Centre Nippon Foundation Scholarship 2009