The human element is at the core of this research area that seeks to better understand organizational behaviour and promote decent working and living conditions in the maritime industries. Given that corporations play an essential role in maritime social governance, research on organizational behaviour focuses on corporation decision-making processes by examining dynamics of corporate interaction, in particular in global networks and supply-chains, and with humans. The research excellence area also seeks to interrogate issues related to individuals and organizations and their development through education, training and organizational learning. It aims to create a better understanding of the interactions between humans and organizations in order to optimize well-being and overall performance and in particular the role of education (as mediated by such factors as the social norms and the evolution of technology) in this regard. The application of behavioural sciences to maritime industries seeks to shed light on the hidden power and educational structures behind corporations with a view to providing tools for achieving a fair maritime social governance paradigm and sustainable economic growth.

Such development goals cannot be fully achieved without strengthening the labour and social rights of seafarers and other maritime professionals. The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, represents a huge step forward in the right direction. Nevertheless, the implementation and application of this international legal framework pose significant challenges and raise empirical and analytical questions across the globe. They do not only concern seafarers, but also other workers, in particular as technological advances and new business models expand the economic uses of the seas, and with them the concept of “the maritime professional”. The research approach to such pressing issues is intended to be socio-legal, dealing with issues of diversity in the labour force, in particular gender issues, corporate governance and labour matters, standard implementation and compliance, public and private enforcement of maritime labour law, and policy development.

Key topic areas:

  • Maritime human resource development through education and training
  • Organizational behaviour for optimizing well-being and overall performance
  • Technology - its place in education and training and its impacts on the human element;
  • Seafarers and other maritime professionals’ rights and welfare;
  • Gender, diversity, and culture in the maritime industry
  • Supply and demand of maritime labour
  • Migration laws and maritime professionals