Simon Mercieca, PhD is senior lecturer within the Department of History at the University of Malta. For many years, he occupied the post of Director of the Mediterranean Institute and was assiduously involved in a number of EU-funded projects related to the tangible and intangible maritime heritage of the Mediterranean. He also coordinates the course on Contemporary Mediterranean Studies. Dr. Mercieca conducts research in the field of Historical Demography and is responsible for setting up a data base on Malta’s population in the past. In his work, he conveys his interest in the social and/or cultural impact on population growth. He has conducted extensive research on the lives and tribulations of Maltese seafarers and has published extensively both in Malta and abroad.