Tafsir Johansson joined the WMU as a research intern working with the WMU Maritime Environmental Research Group (MER) in its work on various projects such as Invasive Species and NSBWO, as well as the preparatory works for the Arctic Shipping Conference i.e. 'Shiparc2014'. He simultaneously worked as a research assistant for the 'CSR Maritime' project that pertains to Corporate Social Responsibility and Maritime Governance. During his internship he also lectured at the MLP course. Based on his accomplishments, Tafsir was employed as a full time research assistant at WMU upon the completion of his internship. His overall responsibilities include assisting in implementing ongoing projects such as BWO and 'CSR Maritime', assisting in developing new proposals in the area of MLP, assisting in teaching at the MLP course, assisting in developing the Ocean Governance database and the implementation of various other projects.
Tafsir graduated with a first class degree in LL.B (Honours) from the Department of Law at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. During his LL.B 3rd year he had the privilege of working at BLAST (Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust) which is one of the leading legal services organizations in Bangladesh funded by UNDP, and the only one that provides access to legal aid across the spectrum, from the frontlines of the formal justice system to the apex court. After his graduation he worked as a civil-lawyer apprentice and taught at a private University in Chittagong. He was also a part-time lecturer of IELTS under 'Executives Care' which is an academic organization registered under IDP Australia. In 2010 Tafsir came to Sweden to commence his 2 years Masters programme in International Maritime Law at the University of Lund. In 2012 he graduated with an all-distinction result.