Professor Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs is the 4th Vice-President (Academic Affairs) of the World Maritime University (WMU), a university established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.
He oversees and directs the development of the academic agenda and related activities to strengthen the academic profile of the University, and is responsible for the academic developments needed to keep WMU as the global centre of excellence in maritime and ocean education, research and capacity building.
In this, he is supported by a wide range of experience gathered over two decades, during which he has taken on increasingly responsible academic and managerial roles at WMU. His current position provides opportunities to shape the University’s academic agenda for the future, and necessitates extensive interaction with a wide range of international stakeholders in this unique University.
Professor Schröder-Hinrichs is an internationally recognized maritime safety expert with special emphasis on the implementation and enforcement of the legal instruments of the IMO, the parent body of WMU. Professor Schröder-Hinrichs has been involved for more than 20 years in numerous capacity-building missions during which he advised IMO member State administrations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Northern America as well as the Black Sea and Caspian Sea areas on issues related to their international obligations under various instruments of the IMO.
His special research interests relate to maritime risk and accident causation modelling. His work with the maritime industry focussed on practical applications of risk assessment tools. His recent work has focussed on the safety of passenger ships not engaged in international voyages.
Over the years, Professor Schröder-Hinrichs developed a strong interest in the implications of increased levels of automation and new technologies in maritime transport. He was the principal investigator for “Transport 2040: Automation, Technology, Employment – The Future of Work”, which was commissioned by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and launched in 2019.
Professor Schröder-Hinrichs grew up in the beautiful town of Stralsund in eastern Germany and initially pursued a seafaring career. He studied maritime transport engineering and earned a PhD in safety science. His professional career in the German maritime industry included positions in key companies including Germanischer Lloyd. Professor Schröder-Hinrichs maintains active links with the maritime cluster in northern Germany, especially with the city of Hamburg through mandates such as serving as a Trustee of the Dr. Jens-Peter and Betsy Schlüter Foundation.