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Dr Nick Bailey

Dr Nick Bailey


School of Social Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 5566
Room 0.75, Glamorgan Building


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.

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).

  • 2007 -                Assistant Public Relations Director (SIRC)
  • 2006 -                RCUK Academic Research Fellow
  • 2004 - 2006        Research Associate (LRETRU)
  • 2002 - 2004        Seafarer Researcher (SIRC)
  • 1989 - 1994        Dean St Peter's College, Oxford
  • 1989 - 1994         Tutorial supervisor (philosophy), Oxford






  • Bailey, N. J., Ellis, N. and Sampson, H. 2011. Living and working conditions aboard large yachts. Presented at: SIRC Symposium 2011, Cardiff, UK, 6-7 July 2011Seafarers International Research Centre Symposium Proceedings (2011). Cardiff, UK: Cardiff University pp. 21-32.







  • Bailey, N. J. 2005. Training, technology and AIS: looking beyond the box. Presented at: SIRC Symposium 2005, Cardiff, UK, 6-7 July 2005 Presented at Sampson, H. ed.4th International Seafarers International Research Centre Symposium Proceedings (2005). Cardiff: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) pp. 108-128.


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