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Dr Nick Bailey

Dr Nick Bailey


School of Social Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 5566
Room 0.75, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA


I am a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences.

My doctorate is in Philosophy and I also have a Master Mariner's certificate. My research and teaching reflect these twin interests in Philosophy and Seafaring.

I came to the School of Sciences as a lecturer from a position in the Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC), where I was a Principal Researcher and Assistant Director. Before working in SIRC, I was a sea-going ship's officer.

With my seafaring background, my research has focused primarily on the maritime sector and issues of work-related health, risk, and safety in the context of global social and economic processes. More recently, I have been researching seafarer terms and conditions of employment and how seafarers understand differential treatment. This research has led to several papers theorising social justice in transnational contexts. 

I teach undergraduates and postgraduates. My main teaching is as follows

  • Research Methods and Design (MSc and Professional Doctorate)
  • Globalisation (1st year undergraduates)
  • Equality and Social Justice in a Globalised World (3rd Yr undergraduates)

I also supervise undergraduate, MSc, and Ph.D. dissertations. 

I have examined and chaired a number of Ph.D. dissertations


Nick has 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).

  • 20011 -               Lecturer
  • 2006 - 20011      Assistant Director SIRC + (RCUK Academic Research Fellow)
  • 2002 - 2006        Researcher (SIRC)
  • 1994 - 2002        Ship's Officer
  • 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