Dr. Victor Oyaro Gekara is a senior lecturer of International Trade and Logistics in the school of Business Information Technology and Logistics and RMIT University. He is an active researcher whose broad research interests are in International Political Economy with specific reference to global labour, skills, work and employment. His recent research has focused on issues of organisational sustainability, mainly from the perspective of work and employment. He is as an active member of the Center for Sustainable Organisations and Work (CSOW) in the College of Business, he leads the Maritime and Ports Research Cluster. Dr Gekara has previously worked at the Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) at Cardiff University – UK – as a researcher and remains an Associate Researcher at the Centre.
Areas of Research Interests
- Globalisation and International Political Economy
- Skills and workforce development
- Global labour work and employment
- Sustainable ports and international logistics networks
- Transnational union organising, innovation and change
Ph. D. Supervisions
Qasim Al-Mamari – Investigating the adoption and implementation of e-government in Oman
IsmailElferjani – Investigating port competitiveness in the context of Libya
Majed Ahmad Y Aljowaidi – Investigating the adoption and utilisation of e-commerce in the Saudi Arabian retail industry.
Geoff Rigby – Investigating the concept of service chains in the context of the Australian dairy industry
SaeidAhmadiNasab – Investigating the nature and structure of horizontal collaborations in the Australian Transport and Logistics industry
2012 – 2013: TLISC Project 3 - Towards a comprehensive Best-Practice Training Program for Seafarers in Australia; an exploration of existing training models across eight seafaring countries– $18,000
2011 – 2012: TLISC Project 2 - Training and Workforce Productivity in the Transport and Warehousing sub-sectors. The research team: Victor Gekara (PI), Prem Chhetri, Peter Fairbrother, Allan Montague and Peter Turnbull. AUD. 125,000.
2010 – 2012: National Climate Change Adaptability Research Facility (NCCARF) project. Assessing the functional resilience of port environs in a changing climate – assets and operations. Research team: Chhetri, P, Cocoran, J, Gekara, V, Corbitt, B, Wickramasinghe, N, Jayatilleke, G, Basic, F, Scott, H, Manzoni, A, Maddox, C. AUD 680,000
2010: RMIT Emerging Research Grants scheme: Examining the implications of a declining national and international pool of seafaring labour on the supply of critical core skills in Australian ports. AUD, 20,000
2009/10: TLISC 1: Examining the future of skills in the Australian waterfront. AUD 67,000
2008/2009: European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA): A study of computer-based assessment in association with the issue of seafarer licences.
2004/7: Nippon funded PHD fellowship: Investigating the impact of neoliberal globalisation on labour in the shipping industry with specific focus on Britain.
On-going: Sustainable ports and transport corridors in developing countries: a focus on African Ports (unfunded).
On-going: Union organisation, innovation and change under globalisation – focus on the Nautilus International Union (unfunded).
- International political economy
- International Trade and Logistics
- Legal Principles of International Supply Chains
- B. Ed (MoiUniversity – Kenya), M. Sc (Cardiff University School of Business – UK),
- Pg. D, Ph. D (Cardiff University School of Social Sciences)
- Gekara, V. O. (2012). Port Vulnerability and Economic Resilience and the Gap in Comprehensive Research, APEC Currents, August Issue. http://www.apec.org.au/docs/currentsRMIT/2012-2/index.html
- Gekara, V. O. 2011. Union Sets a New Course. Nautilus Telegraph, volume 44, June
- Gekara, V. O. (2008). Are there jobs for all in the shipping industry? The Sea, London: Mission to Seafarers, issue 195 Sep/Oct
- Gekara, V. O. (2006). Recruits in need of a better deal. The Sea. London: Mission to Seafarers, issue 181 May/Jun.
- The Future of Skills in the Australian Ports Industry; Interim Report, the National Ports Human Resources Forum, 13th May 2010.
- The UK Tonnage Tax; the Rationale, Performance and National Benefits, Shipping Policy Seminar, Canberra 9th April 2010.
- The Political Economy of Training and Skilling for the Logistics Industry, the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) Seminar, Melbourne 25th March 2010.
- Chhetri, P.,Jayatilleke, G.,Gekara, V.,Manzoni, A.,Corbitt, B. (2016). Container terminal operations simulator (CTOS) - Simulating the impact of extreme weather events on port operation In: European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, 16, 195 - 213
- Snell, D.,Gekara, V.,Gatt, K. (2016). Cross-occupational skill transferability: challenges and opportunities in a changing economy In: National Center for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Adelaide, Australia
- Snell, D.,Gekara, V. (2016). Identifying declining and growing occupations and changing skills demand in Australia - support document 1 In: National Center for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Adelaide, Australia
- Snell, D.,Gekara, V. (2016). Examining the transferability potential of skills developed within the Australian vocational education and training system - support document 2 In: National Center for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Adelaide, Australia
- Snell, D.,Gekara, V.,Gatt, K. (2016). Occupational mobility and skills transferability of worker in transition: systems, perceptions and processes - support document 3 In: National Center for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Adelaide, Australia
- Fairbrother, P.,Gekara, V. (2016). Multi-scalar trade unionism: Lessons from maritime unions In: Industrial Relations Quarterly Review, 71, 589 - 610
- Nyamori, R.,Gekara, V. (2016). Performance contracting and social capital (re)formation: A case study of Nairobi City Council in Kenya In: Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 40, 45 - 62
- Chhetri, P.,Corcoran, J.,Gekara, V.,Maddox, C.,McEvoy, D. (2015). Seaport resilience to climate change: mapping vulnerability to sea-level rise In: Journal of Spatial Science, 60, 65 - 78
- Chhetri, P.,Jayatilleke, G.,Gekara, V.,Manzoni, A.,Corbitt, B. (2015). Simulating the impact of extreme weather events on port operations In: Global Supply Chain Management and Emerging Markets, Bloomsbury Publishing India PVT Ltd, New Delhi, India
- Gekara, V.,Snell, D.,Chhetri, P. (2015). Are older workers 'crowding out' the young?: a study of the Australian transport and logistics labour market In: Labour and Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, 25, 321 - 336
- Developing Appropriate Workforce Skills for Australia's Emerging Digital Economy. Funded by: National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2017)
- Cross-sector Skill Transferability: Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Economy. Funded by: National Vocational Education and Training Research Grant 2014 from (2014 to 2015)
- Enhancing the resilience of seaports to a changing climate. Funded by: Climate Change Adaptation Research Grant Pre-2014 from (2010 to 2012)
- Changing work organization and Employment Patterns in the Port Logistics Sector under Globalization: A study of two key Australian ports.. Funded by: RMIT Emerging Researcher Grants from (2010 to 2010)
3 PhD Completions5 PhD Current Supervisions