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5 June 2019

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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...”

Andrew Potter

“Her research sheds new light on the factors affecting port development in peripheral areas and how these can then support broader development goals in the surrounding region. While her study was carried out in the context of Indonesia, the findings can transfer to many other regions of the world.”

Professor Andrew Potter, Chair in Logistics and Transport, Deputy Head of Section (Learning and Teaching)

Container hub port development

Aerial view of port

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.

“It’s an honour to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. Doing a PhD has been such a rewarding experience and I'm grateful for the support not just from Cardiff Business School but also Indonesia Port Corporation who sponsored my study.”

Dr Bahana Wiradanti, Analyst in the Corporate Strategy Bureau of Indonesia Port Corporation

“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.

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