Maria Ceballos-Espinosa

'Mitigation and adaptability of ports to climate change'


Maria Ceballos is originally from the Canary Islands in Spain, and completed a degree in Business Management and Administration at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Following work experience as a research assistant, and within accounting and finance, she decided to continue her studies in London. Writing an undergraduate thesis on Spanish economic zones in ports, she found a natural progression to pursuing an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance at Cass Business School. Following the completion of her dissertation, she will begin a graduate role within the oil industry this September.

Introduction to research

Ceballos is currently working on an applied research project related to environmental issues, and takes great interest in the relationship between environmental factors such as climate change and port infrastructure. 

Why did you choose maritime as your area of study and research?

When I had to make a decision about the topic of my masters, I realised I wanted to be an expert of a specific industry and that that industry would have to be international and linked to many other industries. The maritime sector was the perfect choice. Shipping helps to ensure that benefits of trade and commerce are more evenly spread, and no country in the world is entirely self-sufficient, so it relies on maritime transport in order to get either raw materials or final products. The maritime industry is indispensable to the world and it is a challenging industry that is constantly changing. The fact that is considerably connected to the commodities markets, which is also of my interest makes this industry the best sector in which I could become an expert in the future. Moreover, it is related to macroeconomic factors and financial markets, so any event happening in the economy affects the shipping industry, which contributes to the relevance of its study. Also, maritime industry is commonly surrounded by controversial topics, which makes it more interesting to analyse. For instance, climate change and environmental issues are key to address in the maritime industry. I am really keen on analysing the competitive advantages that this industry can develop through environmental sustainability.

What do you hope to get out of participating in the Maritime Masters programme?

The opportunity to participate in Maritime UK's Maritime Masters programme implies connecting the UK industry and academia, which I personally consider crucial in order to look at the future and connect new generations with the experienced professionals of the sector. The fact that the programme promotes academic excellence provides an incentive and motivational factor to students that have worked hard to succeed in their masters and would like to start their careers in the maritime industry. Also, Maritime Masters connects academic research with potential development through UK's businesses. The fact that students adopt research topic that consider of importance for the industry provides a chance to meet industry leaders specialised in their topics that could give a valuable feedback. Moreover, students that participate in this programme get the benefits of industry networking, which is essential for recent graduates in order to start creating their network in the field. Finally, as a student that considers PhD in the future, the collaborative relationship between universities and the industry is key for further research, as the more connected these are, the more value research will create for the maritime industry.