Dr Sarah Tuck

Dr Sarah Tuck

Lecturer in Maritime Business

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

Dr Sarah Tuck can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Maritime commerce
  • Ports stakeholders
  • Grounded theory
  • Shipping and ports (environment)


Cadet training with BP Shipping Ltd between 1974-1978, as one of the pioneering generation of young women in the UK fleet. A further eight year’s experience as a deck officer with BP on oil tankers, and FT Everard & Sons Ltd on coastal bulk carriers. Class I Master Mariners Certificate of Competency: service in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) at HMS Vivid in Plymouth.

Lecturer in Maritime Business at Plymouth University since 1998 . PhD in “Socio-economic Aspects of Commercial Ports and Wharves in Southwest England: A Grounded Theory Approach to Regional Competitiveness”. This was followed by an award-winning KTP project with Falmouth Harbour Commissioners.

Programme Leader at postgraduate level. Involved in innovative teaching, organising field trips in the UK and abroad, placement tutoring in the UK and Hong Kong, research supervision and examination, conference organisation, international collaboration programmes in Athens, Hong Kong and Malaysia, and external assessment/examination of taught courses in the UK, Hong Kong and Germany.


2007 - PhD Plymouth University
1999 - PG Cert in LTHE, University of Plymouth 

1998 - BSc Maritime Business with Maritime Law, University of Plymouth 

DipEcon (Open), Open University

Master Mariner with 12 years of sea-going experience on tankers and coastal shipping.

Lt. RNR (retired)

Professional membership

The Higher Education Academy



Teaching interests

Port sustainability
Maritime Economics
Tanker Operations
Research training

Maritime law
International trade: law and practice

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner to Liverpool John Moores University on several maritime business programmes



Research interests

Port sustainability

Port efficiency
Maritime clusters
Decision support systems
Dig Data Analytics Capability
Women seafarers

Grants & contracts

Adviser to Dinwoodie, J (PI Plymouth, WP4 leader), part of the EPSRC Low Carbon Shipping Consortium, A Systems Approach to Low Carbon Shipping”. 1/1/10 to 31/12/12. A collaboration of six UK universities and 20 industry partners led by University College London. Valued at £1,700,000.

Knowledge Base Supervisor for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (no. KTP007098) between the University of Plymouth and Falmouth Harbour Commissioners. 1/10/08 – 31/3/11. The partnership aimed to develop and embed a framework for sustainable port operation and development within an evidence based approach to environmental and socio-economic issues within Falmouth Harbour. £144,795 ( Funded by FHC, SERC and NERC). This completed KTP project has been judged as ‘outstanding’.



Journal articles

Liu,S., Smith, M., Tuck, S., Pan, J., Alkuraiji A. and Jayawickrama, U (2014) “Wherecan knowledge-based decision support systems go in contemporary businessmanagement – a new architecture for the future”. Journal of Economics,Business and Management 3(5): 498-504. ISSN: 2301-3567.

Dinwoodie, J., Tuck, S. and Rigot-Müller, P. (2013) Maritime oil freight flows to 2050: Delphi perceptions of maritime specialists. Energy Policy, DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.08.068

Dinwoodie, J., Tuck, S., Knowles, H., Benhin, J. and Sansom, M. (2012), Sustainable Development of Maritime Operations in Ports. Business Strategy and the Environment, 21: 111–126. doi: 10.1002/bse.718

Liu, S., Smith, M.H., Tuck, S., Pan, J., Alkuraiji, A. and Jayawickrama, U. (2014) Where can knowledge-based decision support systems go in contemporary business management – a new architecture for the future. Journal of Economics, Business and Management 3(5): 498-504.

Book Chapters  

Dinwoodie, J., Tuck, S. and Knowles, H. (2012) “Assessing the Environmental Impact of Maritime Operations in Ports: A Systems Approach” in Song, D. and Panayides, P. (eds) Maritime Logistics: Contemporary Issues. London: Emerald Publications.

 Tuck, S., Dinwoodie, J. Knowles, H. and Benhin, J. (2011) “Assessing the environmental impact of anchoring cruise liners in Falmouth bay” in Gibson, P., Papathanassis, A. , Milde, P. (eds) Cruise Industry Challenges:  Making Progress in an Uncertain World. Wiesbaden: Gabler, pp 93-106; ISBN 978-3-8349-3167-2

 Tuck, S. (2007) “Ports and their Functions” in Wright P.G. (ed) Port & Terminal Management. London: Witherbys Publishing, pp1-11; ISBN-13: 9781856093422

 Conference Proceedings (edited)

Tuck, S., Dinwoodie, J. and Roe, M.S. (2008) “An Ecological Theory of Competition between Small Bulk Ports in Sustainable Supply Chains” in Logistics Research Network 2008 Conference Proceedings: Supply Chain Innovations: People, Practice and Performance, Liverpool, September 2008; Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Corby, Northants, UK pp170-175. ISBN 978-1-904564-00-3

 Tuck, S. (2007) “An Ecological Theory of Small Ports” in Proceedings: 2007 Postgraduate Symposium: Faculty of Social Science and Business, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, March 2007; University of Plymouth. ISSN 1753-7053

Conference Presentations
  • Tuck, S., Knowles, H. Dinwoodie, J. and Benhin, J. (2011) Partnership Working for Sustainable Ports. Marine Institute Conference, 5th May 2011, Plymouth.
  •  Tuck, S., Knowles, H. Dinwoodie, J. and Benhin, J. (2011) Port Management and Development within the Wider Community: institutions, stakeholders and social capital. 1st International Conference on Marine and Maritime Affairs, 4-5th April 2011, Plymouth.
  •  Tuck, S., Knowles, H., Dinwoodie, J. and Benhin, J. (2010) Assessing the environmental impact of anchoring cruise liners in Falmouth Bay.” 2nd International Cruise Conference, 18th to 20th February 2010, Plymouth.
  •  Dinwoodie, J., Tuck, S., Sanchez-Rodrigues V. and Mangan, J. (2011) Low Carbon Shipping: oil tanker movements involving the UK. IAME 2011 Conference, 25-28th October 2011, Santiago.
  • Dinwoodie J., Tuck, S., Landamore (2011) Low Carbon Shipping: forecasting oil tanker movements involving the UK. Ist International Conference on Marine and Maritime Affairs, 4th-5th April 2011, Plymouth.
  •  Dinwoodie J., Tuck, S., Landamore, M. and Mangan, J. (2010) Slow Steaming and Low Carbon Shipping: Revolution or Recession? LRN 2010, 8th-10th September 2010, Harrogate.
  •  Dinwoodie, J., Sun, X., Knowles, H., Tuck, S. and Benhin, J. (2010) A systems approach to assessing the environmental impact of bunkering operations in ports. 12th WCTR, July 11th-15th 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.