International network for Social Studies of Marine Energy (ISSMER) has been established to bring together interdisciplinary researchers interested in the socio-cultural, economic, geographic, philosophical, organisational, and political aspects of marine renewable energy.

This website is a place for members to share resources, and to provide information about past and future events.


The marine renewable energy industry is at a crucial moment. Devices are now moving from engineering drawings to full-scale prototypes, and the first commercial large-scale wave and tide energy farms have been announced.

New developments in national grid electricity infrastructures are being planned, and large areas of the sea are being allocated to this new industry. Around the world countries are assessing the potential energy resource in their national waters.

This process of commercialisation is creating new interactions between environment, technology, and society. These take place in coastal communities, socio-economic markets, between other users of the sea, with policy-makers, amongst marine energy companies, and between governments.

ISSMER aims to support collaboration with these diverse communities, and to coordinate international research activities in the social studies of marine energy. We welcome new members from industry, academia, and policy. Please either join our mailing list or contact us to participate in the ISSMER network.

ISSMER Online Seminar 3 on ‘Planning’ – 14 January

This is the last of three online seminars we are hosting (1.5 hours each), to be held on Wednesday 14 January. Each event is based on one of our core themes, developed at the last workshop in Stromness, Orkney. The aim is to get a quick update on current ISSMER member activities with the hope [...]

ISSMER Online Seminar 2 on ‘Consultation’

This series of online seminar discussions is intended to bring together researchers interested in social, cultural, policy and planning issues related to marine energy, and ocean power. Everyone is invited to participate in these video conferences, but places are limited. The second online seminar on ‘Consultation’ is taking place on December 16. Details below… Theme: [...]

Video recording of ISSMER online seminar 1 on ‘community’

For those of you unable to attend ISSMER online seminar 1 last week, the following video recording has now been made available. The seminar slides can be downloaded as well: Sandy Kerr: Community Benefits – Fair shares or token gestures? Glen Wright: Rights & Ownership in Marine Spaces

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  • RE: [ISSMER] CfA - Visions for the Energy Union [SHAPE ENERGY funding] September 4, 2017
    Dear Laura, and all, Sorry I didn’t reply before on this, but I hope this isn’t too late to add my positive response to this opportunity, and my thanks for your identifying and sharing it. As an EU (Lancaster, Emeritus) university researcher I could in principle play a role as a partner in an […]
  • Re: [ISSMER] CfA - Visions for the Energy Union [SHAPE ENERGY funding] September 4, 2017
    Great to hear the positive feedback. I’m happy to take the lead on this, no problem- we just need to move quickly since the deadline is 6 October. Anyone else in an EU country (with apologies to all our non-EU colleagues) who wants ‘in’ on this small writing collaboration- please email me by the […]
    Laura Watts
  • Re: [ISSMER] Fwd: CfA - Visions for the Energy Union [SHAPE ENERGY funding] August 30, 2017
    Hi Laura/all, This looks like an interesting opportunity. I'd love to be part of collaborating/writing, though I am unfortunately not in a position to take the lead on this at the moment. Glen On 30 August 2017 at 12:44, Laura Watts wrote: > SHAPE ENERGY are inviting small bids […]
    Glen Wright
  • Fwd: CfA - Visions for the Energy Union [SHAPE ENERGY funding] August 30, 2017
    SHAPE ENERGY are inviting small bids for funding to support "interdisciplinary and cross-European written contributions – of around 3,000-4,000 words each – that explore, critique and showcase the ways that different disciplinary approaches can (and should be) integrated for the betterment of […]
    Laura Watts