Neil Baird 

Neil Baird

Office: Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS),
ITAMS, University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia   

Degree Program: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 

PhD Thesis Title: Passenger Vessel Accidents - Why They are so Frequent and Deadly and How their Frequency and Deadliness could be Reduced 

Professor Stuart Kaye, Director and Professor at ANCORS
Dr Anthony Morrison, Research Fellow at ANCORS


Born 1947 in Melbourne. Educated at Scotch College, University of Tasmania and Latrobe University. Worked in commercial fishing in Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania then security analysis and financial journalism and public relations. Finally, in 1978, with wife and business partner Rose, launched the maritime publishing business Baird Publications. Simultaneously with creating, raising and educating three sons, the business

was expanded globally to encompass as many as six monthly magazines, numerous books and regular trade exhibitions and conferences held in eight countries. Served as an office bearer in a number of maritime industry associations and marine environmental organisations. Semi-retired in 2013 and commenced doctoral study in 2015. 

Research interests:

The wider maritime business: ship building, fisheries, ship operating, naval architecture, vessel safety, maritime regulation, naval matters, maritime economics, maritime history, oceanography and seabed mining but, primarily, passenger vessel safety.

Last reviewed: 21 May, 2015