APEC-Australia Women in Research
Dr Masha Nur Salsabiela Menhat
Home Economy: Malaysia
Host Institution: The University of Melbourne
Project Title: Developing a cross-economy comparative evaluation framework on women empowerment initiatives in the shipping and transport sector adopted in Malaysia, Australia and the Philippines
Project Outline: During the 2023 International Day for Women in Maritime, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim emphasized the ongoing gender imbalance in the maritime sector and the need to accelerate change. In response, the proposed research aims to investigate barriers and lessons from grassroots women's empowerment initiatives. Through semi-structured interviews, participants' thoughts on initiatives impacting their organizations and personal lives will be gathered. These findings are expected to help the government promote women's engagement in maritime industries and advance the achievement of SDG Goal 5.
Reasons for applying for fellowship: This fellowship program will enhance my research skills and enrich my cross-cultural knowledge on women in maritime and shipping transport. This collaboration program is expected to cultivate long-term partnership between Malaysia and Australia in research and development as well as joint supervision particularly for research that requires cross-cultural perspectives.
Past Achievements: From 2018 to 2020, I served as a student club advisor for the Maritime Management Program, overseeing club activities aimed at improving students' interpersonal skills and employability. Currently, I hold the position of Postgraduates Coordinator for the Faculty of Maritime Studies. In terms of research and teaching innovation, I have received 2 gold medals, 1 silver medal, and 2 bronze medals since starting my academic career in 2018. I have had the honor of being invited as a Plenary speaker 2021 and 2022 to discuss maritime and transport topics. My work has garnered 169 citations in Scopus-indexed journals.
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