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Wessam Abouarghoub

Dr Wessam Abouarghoub

Reader in Logistics and Operations Management, Co-ordinator for Transport, Shipping Port and Maritime Research Group (TRANSPAM)

Cardiff Business School

+44 29208 75852
Aberconway Building, Room C52, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


Dr. Wessam Abouarghoub joined the school in June 2013 as a Lecturer in Logistics and Operations Management, after finishing his PhD studies at Bristol Business School.

He holds an MSc in Shipping Trade and Finance from CASS Business School, City London University and a PhD in Maritime Economics. In his thesis entitled 'Implementing the New Science of Risk Management to Tanker Freight Markets' he employs advanced quantitative techniques for measuring and managing financial risk for shipping freight markets, and compares the suitability of such proposed methodologies against current market practices, which are carried out by ship-owners and cargo-owners. Thus, his research interest is centred on Maritime Economics and in particular Shipping Risk Management.

During his PhD studies, Wessam was employed as an associated Lecturer at Bristol Business School, teaching on a variety of topics, such as Economics, International Trade, Applied Econometrics, Mats & Stats and Research Methods at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels. His quantitative modelling research and teaching is carried out using variety of computer statistical packages such as SPSS, RATS, OxMetrics, Eviews and Microfit. Prior to launching his academic career in 2006 with an MSc in Finance and a PhD in Economics, he obtained a certificate of competency from the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) in Maritime Navigation as Chief Mate/Captain. In addition, he had worked for 6 years on different types of vessels, such as tankers, general cargo and passenger ships.

















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Research and PhD supervision interests

My research interests are concentrated in three main streams of scholarly activities. 1) Shipping Finance and Risk Management, 2) Applied Business Data Analytics, and 3) Studies of the Maritime Industry. Topics such as:

  • Maritime and shipping economics
  • Shipping financial risk management
  • Shipping finance and feasibility studies
  • Modelling and forecasting shipping markets dynamics
  • Studies that focuses on price discoveries, volatility spillovers and time-varying correlation
  • Markov-switching and structural-breaks analysis
  • Quantitative research in energy and business studies
  • The use of time-series models to study commodity markets
  • Human resources management practice in the maritime industry
  • Maritime and port studies within developing nations


Teaching commitments

  • Maritime Economics
  • Shipping Risk Management
  • Shipping Finance
  • Business Data Analytics



  • 2015 PCUTL, Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA.
  • 2013 PhD in Economics, "Implementing the new Science of Risk Management to Tanker Shipping Freight Markets" Bristol Business School, University of The West of England
  • 2006 MSc in Shipping Trade & Finance, Cass Business School, City University London
  • 2005 Chief Mate Unlimited (Marine Navigator) , United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Certificate of Competency
  • 2004 BTEC Higher National Diploma in Nautical Science Warsash Maritime Centre, Southampton Solent University, UK
  • 1998 Bachelor in Maritime Navigation (Honours), Academy of Maritime Studies, Tripoli, Libya

Professional memberships

  • A Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA): PR089597
  • Nautical Institute (MNI) MN: 0816417
  • International Association of Maritime Economics (IAME)

Academic positions

2007 – 2013    Associate Lecturer at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England.

Committees and reviewing

2016 – 2020    External examiner for the American College of Greece – DEREE Collage to oversee the programme of BSc (Hons) Business Administration with particular reference to the Shipping Management pathway and BSc (Hons) Shipping Management.

2016 – 2020    External examiner for Liverpool John Moores University to oversee the following programmes: BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Management; BSc (Hons) Management, Transport and Logistics and Nautical Science and Marine Operations.