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 Book Chapter & EC Expert Opportunity October 9, 2018
    Hi Laura, Had a quick skim read of the chapter, it looks great. Congratulations to all! Best wishes, Noel From: On Behalf Of WATTS Laura Sent: 08 October 2018 18:19 To: Subject: [ISSMER] ISSMER Book Chapter […]
    Cass, Noel
  • ISSMER Book Chapter & EC Expert Opportunity October 8, 2018
    Hope everyone is well. Two things for International network for Social Studies of Marine Energy (ISSMER) interested colleagues. Both of these are from the EU SHAPE Energy project: 1. Suggestion that more of us social sciences (broadly construed) sign up as experts on the EC energy panel, so we […]
    WATTS Laura
  • Fwd: FW: Call for Participation RSA Network August 1, 2018
    To circulate, please. Cheers, M From: Graziano, Marcello Sent: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 8:54 AM To: '' Subject: Call for Participation RSA Network Please see the attached Call for Participation the 3rd workshop of the RSA Research Network […]
    Marcello Graziano
  • Fwd: The 2019 Global Status Report for Renewable Energy July 12, 2018
    ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Benjamin Sovacool Date: 2018-07-12 6:56 GMT-04:00 Subject: The 2019 Global Status Report for Renewable Energy To: Hello all, see below for an opportunity to help with next year’s Global Status Report, one […]
    Marcello Graziano