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About the group

The Warsash Maritime Human Element research group focuses on issues relating to those who work in, and around, the maritime environment. This includes areas of research such as occupational health and safety, workplace bullying and harassment, industrial relations, the organisation of work and employment, and maritime security. The research group is primarily interested in policy and engages with pressing maritime human element issues at global, national and sub-national level. The core value of the research group is that research impacts positively on the experiences of workers in, and around, the maritime environment. The group provides a vibrant platform for staff and postgraduate students to streamline their research activities, promote a healthy research culture, produce new knowledge and encourage policy changes.


The research group runs a series of research seminars hosted by internal and external academics. These seminars are open to all individuals. To be added to the Warsash Maritime Human Element research seminars mailing list please contact Dr Helen Devereux.

Postgraduate research opportunities

The Warsash Maritime Human Element research group offers supervision for MPhil/PhD within the above-mentioned research areas. If you would like more information about postgraduate research opportunities, please contact Research Admissions.

Find out more about Solent University's research programme

A female seafarer with a rope on board ship

Group members

Helen Devereux

Sue Harland


A selection of recent publications from members of the Warsash Maritime Human Element research group:

Akyuz, E., Karahalios, H., & Celik, M. (2015). Assessment of the maritime labour convention compliance using balanced scorecard and analytic hierarchy process approach. Maritime Policy & Management42(2), 145-162.

Devereux, H., & Wadsworth, E. (2023). Barriers to personal protective equipment use among international seafarers: a UK perspective. WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs, 1-16.

Devereux, H., & Wadsworth, E. (2022). Forgotten keyworkers: the experiences of British seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Economic and Labour Relations Review33(2), 272-289.

Devereux, H. (2022). Seafarer injuries in relation to time into tour of duty. Marine Policy135, 104865.

Devereux, H., & Wadsworth, E. (2021). Work scheduling and work location control in precarious and ‘permanent’ employment. The Economic and Labour Relations Review32(2), 230-246.

Devereux, H., Wadsworth, E., & Bhattacharya, S. (2020). Workplace fiddles in the shipping industry. Employee Relations: The International Journal42(4), 933-948.

Karahalios, H. (2020). Appraisal of a Ship’s Cybersecurity efficiency: the case of piracy. Journal of Transportation Security13(3-4), 179-201.

Karahalios, H. (2017). Evaluating the knowledge of experts in the maritime regulatory field. Maritime Policy & Management44(4), 426-441.

Karahalios, H. (2014). The contribution of risk management in ship management: The case of ship collision. Safety Science63, 104-114.

Karahalios, H., Yang, Z. L., & Wang, J. (2015). A risk appraisal system regarding the implementation of maritime regulations by a ship operator. Maritime Policy & Management42(4), 389-413.

Kennard, A., Zhang, P., & Rajagopal, S. (2022). Technology and training: How will deck officers transition to operating autonomous and remote-controlled vessels?. Marine Policy146, 105326.

Zhang, P., Zhao, L., Vata, O., & Rajagopal, S. (2020). Restructuring seafarers’ welfare under the Maritime Labour Convention: an empirical case study of Greece. Maritime Business Review5(4), 373-389.

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