Desai Shan (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2017-2018)

Shan, Desai

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2017-2018)

Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa



Current research interests

  • Occupational Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation
  • Employment-related Geographical Mobility and Seafarers
  • Ocean Governance, Maritime Law and Policies
  • Chinese Law

Desai Shan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, and an Associate Research Fellow with Seafarers International Research Centre, Cardiff University. She is currently conducting a research project on Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Management on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, under the supervision of Professor Katherine Lippel, the Canada Research Chair on Occupational and Safety Law at the University of Ottawa, and Professor Barb Neis, the Co-director of the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research at Memorial University. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council through the On the Move Partnership (

Desai Shan completed her PhD at Seafarers International Research Centre, Cardiff University. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods and an LLB in maritime law. She is a qualified Chinese lawyer and an experienced university teacher in employment relations, international law and maritime law and policies. She is a socio-legal researcher.

Selected Publications:

  1. Desai Shan (2017) “Workplace Death at Sea: Chinese Surviving Families’ Experiences of Compensation Claims.” Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations. 72 -1, 2017, 125-148.
  2. Gang Chen and Desai Shan (2017) “Seafarers’ Access to Jurisdictions over Labour Matters” Marine Policy. 77 (2017) 1-8.
  3. Desai Shan (2017) “The Review of Maritime Labour Policies in the United Kingdom” Global Shipping. 7 (2017) 1-8. (In Chinese)
  4. Lijun Tang, Desai Shan, Peidong Yang (2016).Workers’ rights defence on China's Internet: an analysis of actors.” Information, Communication and Society 19 (8), 1171-1186.
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