Dr Gekara is Associate Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the School of Business IT and Logistics at RMIT University.
As a Nippon Foundation Scholar, Dr Gekara completed his Ph. D in International Political Economy at the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, UK, following his M. Sc in International Transportation at the Cardiff Business School. He joined RMIT University in 2009 as a lecturer. His research interests are diversely located within the Sociology, Political Economy and Business Management disciplines. Specifically, his research focuses on industrial transformations, as a result of changing technologies and global economic shifts, and the impact on the future of work, workforce skills and employment. Victor maintains a strong track record in successful research grant application, high impact and industry relevant research, high quality research dissemination, and industry and community engagement. He also maintains a strong focus on teaching and learning and has developed and delivered a wide range of theoretically grounded and as well as industry oriented courses in the areas of supply chain, procurement and logistics management.
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.
- Tang, L.,Gekara, V. (2019). The Importance of Customer Expectations: An Analysis of CSR in Container Shipping In: Journal of Business Ethics, , 1 - 11
- Gekara, V.,Molla, A.,Snell, D.,Karanasios, S.,Thomas, A. (2019). Skilling the Australian workforce for the digital economy In: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Adelaide, Australia
- Gekara, V.,Snell, D. (2018). Designing and delivering skills transferability and employment mobility: the challenges of a market-driven vocational education and training system In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 70, 107 - 129
- Gekara, V.,Bhattacharya, S. (2018). Standardisation of Seafarer Training and Skills Formation In: Managing Human Resources in the Shipping Industry, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom
- Gekara, V.,Nguyen, X. (2018). New technologies and the transformation of work and skills: a study of computerisation and automation of Australian container terminals In: New Technology, Work and Employment, 33, 219 - 233
- Chhetri, P.,Gekara, V.,Manzoni, A.,Montague, A. (2018). Productivity benefits of employer-sponsored training: A study of the Australia transport and logistics industry In: Education and Training, 60, 1009 - 1025
- Gekara, V.,Molla, A.,Snell, D.,Karanasios, S.,Thomas, A. (2017). Developing appropriate workforce skills for Australia's emerging digital economy: working paper In: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Adelaide, Australia
- Fairbrother, P.,Gekara, V. (2016). Multi-scalar trade unionism: Lessons from maritime unions In: Relations Industrielles / Industrial Relations, 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
- Snell, D.,Gekara, V.,Gatt, K. (2016). The Occupational Mobility and Skills Transferability of Australian Auto Industry Employees In: Australian Government Department of Education and Training Canberra, Australia
- The Disability Skills Portfolio Scoping Project. Funded by: National Disability Services - Innovative Workforce Fund 2017 from (2018 to 2018)
- Developing Appropriate Workforce Skills for Australia's Emerging Digital Economy. Funded by: National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2018)
- 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)
2 PhD Current Supervisions6 PhD Completions