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] Call for sponsored sessions on 'energy geographies' at RGS-IBG 2018 Annual International Conference December 6, 2017
    Hi All, Sounds like an excellent idea. Regards Simon Dr Simon Jude, Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Informatics, School of Water Energy and Environment, Building 53, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL Telephone 01234 754295 Data, Risk & Environmental […]
    Jude, Simon
  • Re: [ISSMER] Call for sponsored sessions on 'energy geographies' at RGS-IBG 2018 Annual International Conference December 6, 2017
    This is a brilliant invitation, Noel. I would encourage those who are interested to definitely get in touch - I think making a connection to Energy Geographies is worth doing - and I know from good experience that RGS-IBG is very interdisciplinary, and always a great conference. best- Laura. […]
    Laura Watts
  • Re: [ISSMER] Social Network Analysis of MRE study December 6, 2017
    Hi all, As requested by Ivana and a couple other people, here is the pdf that was attached to the original email. I’m sorry it didn’t come through when I sent it out originally. Ivana - I would love to see your report when it’s completed. Please do share! Best, Stacia Stacia Dreyer, PhD […]
  • Re: [ISSMER] Social Network Analysis of MRE study December 5, 2017
    Hi Stacia, Thank you very much for sharing this. Could we also have the PDF that was attached to the email - the attachment didn't go through. We have also used the SNA for a MUSES project Stakeholder Profiles analysis. One SNA diagram was developed for each of the examined ocean multi use […]