Dr Lijun Tang

Dr Lijun Tang

Lecturer in International Shipping and Port Management

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Lecturer in International Shipping and Port Management


PhD in Social Sciences, Cardiff University
MSc in International Maritime Studies, Southampton Solent University
BSc in Nautical Sciences, Shanghai Maritime University

Professional membership

Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
Member of Nautical Institute
Member of British Association of Chinese Studies

Teaching interests


MAR207 Maritime Geography and Economics
MAR210 Maritime Management and Markets
MAR326 Port and Intermodalism
MAR705 Shipping Finance, Management and LaW
MAR706 Port Management and Policy

Research interests

Employment relations, occupational health and safety, new technology in shipping, CSR and sustainability in the maritime industry.

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Tang L 2021 'Is there really a shortage of seafarer officers?' Seaways 14-16 Publisher Site Open access
Chen C, Ren J, Tang L & Liu H 2020 'Additive integer-valued data envelopment analysis with missing data: A multi-criteria evaluation approach' PLOS ONE 15, (6) e0234247-e0234247 , DOI Open access
Zhang X, Chen W, Xi Y, Hu S & Tang L 2020 'Dynamics Simulation of the Risk Coupling Effect between Maritime Pilotage Human Factors under the HFACS Framework' Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 8, (2) 144-144 , DOI Open access
Xue C & Tang L 2019 'Organisational support and safety management in shipping: A Study of shipboard safety supervision' The Economic and Labour Relations Review , DOI Open access
Tang L & Zhang P 2019 'Global problems, local solutions: Unfree labour relations and seafarer employment with crewing agencies in China' Industrial Relations Journa 50, (3) 277-291 , DOI Open access
Xue C, Tang L & Walters D 2019 'OHS Indicators and Under-reporting: Case Studies in Chinese Shipping' Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations 74, (1) 141-161 , DOI Open access
Bhardwaj S, Bhattacharya S, Tang L & Howell K 2019 'Technology introduction on ships: the tension between safety and economic rationality' Safety Science 115, 329-329 , DOI Open access
Sampson H, Turgo N, Acejo I, Ellis N & Tang L 2019 '‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’: The Implications of Lost Autonomy and Trust for Professionals at Sea' Work, Employment and Society , DOI Open access
Tang L & Gekara V 2018 'The importance of customer expectations: An analysis of CSR in container shipping' Journal of Business Ethics , DOI Open access
Tang L & Bhattacharya S 2018 'Beyond the management-employee dyad: supply chain initiatives in shipping' Industrial Relations Journal 49, (3) 196-210 , DOI Open access
Xue C, Tang L & Walters D 2018 'Decoupled implementation? Incident reporting in Chinese Shipping' Economic and Industrial Democracy 0, 0-0 , DOI Open access
Yang P & Tang L 2018 '“Positive energy”: Hegemonic intervention and online media discourse in China's Xi Jinping era' China: An International Journal 16, (1) 1-22 Publisher Site Open access
Tang L & Sampson H 2017 'Improving training outcomes: the significance of motivation when learning about new shipboard technology' Journal of Vocational Education and Training , DOI Open access
Xue C, Tang L & Walters D 2016 'Who is dominant? Occupational Health and Safety management in Chinese shipping' Journal of Industrial Relations 59, (1) 65-84 , DOI Open access
Zhao Z, Jepsen JR & Tang L 2016 'The reform of Chinese state-owned ship crewing agencies and implications for China’s seafaring labour export' Maritime Policy & Management 43, (6) 737-747 , DOI Open access
Sampson H & Tang L 2015 'Strange things happen at sea: training and new technology in a multi-billion global industry' Journal of Education and Work 29, (8) 980-994 , DOI
Tang L, Shan D & Yang P 2015 'Workers’ rights defence on China's internet: an analysis of actors' Information, Communication & Society 19, (8) 1171-1186 , DOI
Tang L, Llangco MOS & Zhao Z 2015 'Transformations and continuities of issues related to Chinese participation in the global seafarers’ labour market' Maritime Policy & Management 43, (3) 344-355 , DOI
Yang P, Tang L & Wang X 2014 'Diaosi as infrapolitics: Scatological tropes, identity-making and cultural intimacy on China’s Internet' Media, Culture & Society 37, (2) 197-214
Abila SS & Tang L 2014 'Trauma, post-trauma, and support in the shipping industry: The experience of Filipino seafarers after pirate attacks' Marine Policy 46, 132-136 , DOI
Tang L 2013 'The politics of flies: mocking news in Chinese cyberspace' Chinese Journal of Communication 6, (4) 482-496 , DOI
Tang L 2013 'Book Review: Sue Jervis, Relocation, Gender, and Emotion: A Psycho-Social Perspective on the Experiences of Military Wives' Qualitative Research 13, (3) 377-378 , DOI
Tang L 2013 'The Role of Nationalism in the Olympics: Reflecting on the 2012 London Games' Sociological Research Online 18, (2) 113-117 , DOI
Tang L 2013 'Consuming news in Chinese cyberspace: a case study' Continuum 27, (5) 740-751 , DOI
Bhattacharya S & Tang L 2013 'Middle managers' role in safeguarding OHS: The case of the shipping industry' Safety Science 51, (1) 63-68 , DOI
Tang L 2012 'Waiting together' Time & Society 21, (2) 223-240 , DOI
Tang L & Sampson H 2012 'The interaction between mass media and the internet in non-democratic states: The case of China' Media, Culture & Society 34, (4) 457-471 , DOI
Bhattacharya S & Tang L 2012 'Fatigued for safety? Supply chain occupational health and safety initiatives in shipping' Economic and Industrial Democracy 34, (3) 382-398 , DOI
Tang L 2012 '‘In the name of love’ Learning through online support' Convergence 18, (4) 465-472
Lijun Tang & Peidong Yang 2011 'Symbolic power and the internet: The power of a ‘horse’' Media, Culture & Society 33, (5) 675-691 , DOI
Tang L & Bhattacharya S 2011 'Power and Resistance: A Case Study of Satire on the Internet' Sociological Research Online 16, (2) Publisher Site , DOI
Bhattacharya S & Tang S 2011 'Power and Resistance: A Case Study of Satire on the Internet' SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE 16, (2) , DOI
Tang L 2010 'DEVELOPMENT OF ONLINE FRIENDSHIP IN DIFFERENT SOCIAL SPACES' Information, Communication & Society 13, (4) 615-633 , DOI
Tang L 2010 'Empowering or Disempowering? Online Support among Seafarer-Partners' Sociological Research Online 15, (2) 53-64 , DOI
Tang L 2009 'Shaping feelings in cyberspace: The case of Chinese seafarer-partners' Emotion, Space and Society 2, (2) 104-110 , DOI
Chen C, Liu H, Tang L & Ren J 'A Range Adjusted Measure of Super-efficiency in Integer-valued Data Envelopment Analysis with Undesirable Outputs' Journal of Systems Science and Information Open access
Tang L & Zhang P 2021 Human Resource Management in Shipping: Issues, Challenges, and Solutions. Routledge
Tang L 2020 'On-Line Support Groups for Families in China' in Gekara V; Sampson H The World of the Seafarers Spinger 189-198 Publisher Site
Tang L & Chen G 2017 'Costs and benefits of mobility: the case of Chinese seafarers' in Monios J; Wilmsmeier G Maritime Mobilities Routledge Open access
Tang L 2012 'Online Friendship' in Yang Z Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior Hershey, Pennsylvania IGI Global 412-421
Conference Papers
Xue C, Walters D & Tang L 2015 'The effectiveness of health and safety management in Chinese shipping: From the perspective of a shipmaster's Decision-making power' 757-762
Acejo I, Sampson H, Turgo N, Ellis N & Tang L 2018 The causes of maritime accidents in the period 2002-2016. Publisher Site
Sampson H, Ellis N, Acejo I, Turgo N & Tang L 2018 The working and living conditions of seafarers on cargo ships in the period 2011-2016. Publisher Site
Sampson H, Acejo I, Ellis N, Tang L & Turgo N 2016 The relationships between seafarers and shore-side personnel: an outline report based on research undertaken in the period 2012-2016.
Sampson H, Acejo I, Ellis N, Tang L & Turgo N 2016 The use of mandatory equipment on board cargo ships: An outline report based on research undertaken in the period 2012-2016.
Ellis N, Sampson H, Acejo I, Tang L, Turgo N & Zhao Z 2012 Seafarer accommodation on contemporary cargo ships.
Sampson H & Tang L 2011 New shipboard technology and training provision for seafarers.