Dr Martin Wilcox's research has encompassed various aspects of modern British maritime history. In particular, he has worked on the Royal Navy in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, especially in terms of logistics and organisation and the interaction of the Navy with wider society. He has also worked on the British fishing industry in the 19th and 20th centuries, and on maritime labour and the history of ports.
He gained his MA and PhD from the University of Hull, before joining Greenwich Maritime Institute as a postdoctoral fellow. He returned to the University of Hull in 2014.
He is Director of the North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities, a member of the Council of the Navy Records Society and Reviews Editor for the International Journal of Maritime History.