Best PhD thesis
5 June 2019
A former doctoral candidate from Cardiff Business School has been shortlisted for a prestigious award in recognition of her outstanding PhD thesis in the field of maritime economics and logistics.
Dr Bahana Wiradanti, who, following successful defence of her PhD Thesis, now works as an Analyst in the Corporate Strategy Bureau of Indonesia Port Corporation, is one of three early career researchers in the running for the MEL Palgrave Macmillan Prize for best PhD thesis.
The award, in its seventh year, is organised by the International Association of Maritime Economists to promote quality research and strengthen research links among young researchers.
The winner who will receive a €1,000 premium will be announced at a ceremony on Friday 21 June 2019 at an International Workshop on “Constructing the ports of the future in resilient supply chains” held in Genoa.
Dr Wiradanti, who is attending with financial support from Cardiff Business School, will present her research alongside the other shortlisted candidates in a special session at the Workshop.
Dr Andrew Potter, Reader in Logistics and Transport at Cardiff Business School and one of Dr Wiradanti’s supervisory team, said: “Being shortlisted is testament to the hard work that Bahana put in over the three years of her PhD...”
Container hub port development
Successfully defending her thesis in January 2019, Dr Wiradanti narrowly met the eligibility criteria for the competition, which stipulated that entrants must have done so between 31 May 2016 and 28 February 2019.
“Hopefully, the award could be a stepping stone to making a real contribution to knowledge, practice and policy,” she added.
Her research explored how container hub ports in peripheral locations could capture opportunities for growth by conducting a mixed methods survey with Indonesian ports and representatives of the maritime transport industry.
Find out more about postgraduate research at Cardiff University.