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Research Profile

Dr Nick Bailey 

Dr Nick Bailey
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 75566
contact info:

Address:0.75 Glamorgan Building

Research Interests

  • Globalisation , Work,  Health and Safety
  • Work, Family life and Identity
  • Practical Reasoning
  • Ethics

Postgraduate Supervision

  • Work, health and safety
  • Work and globalisation
  • Work and family


Nick joined SIRC in October 2002 directly from a sea-going position. He first went to sea as a deck cadet in 1977, has since served as a deck officer on a range of vessel types and holds a master mariner’s certificate. His first degree was in Philosophy (Hull University); he also holds an MSc in Social Science Research Methods (Cardiff University) and a doctorate in Philosophy (Oxford University).

At SIRC Nick works in the Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust Research Unit (LRETRU); a unit set up to examine the interaction between the seafarer and shipboard systems. His current research includes an investigation into safety and perceptions of risk amongst seafarers and those in shore side management; and a project which looks at seafarers’ adaptation to new technologies, using the recent introduction of AIS as an example. He has previously worked on a number of projects broadly centred on topics of work related health, risk and safety in the context of global social and economic processes. These include: analysis of practices associated with the settlement of seafarer compensation claims; a study of the GM Nation debate; a project examining issues relating to the sexual health of cruise ship crews; and an investigation of problems of the global governance of seafarers health and safety.