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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  • Fwd: Sustaining the Seas: CFP, panels, and creative provocations closes 14th July July 11, 2017
    fyi best wishes to all- Laura. Begin forwarded message: Having trouble viewing this email? View online version. [image: The University of Sydney] Sustaining the Seas Conference Sustaining the Seas: CFP, panels, and creative provocations closes 14th July The University Of Sydney, 11th […]
    Laura Watts
  • article of interest May 24, 2017
    Dear ISSMER, Some of you may be interested in a recent article my co-authors and I published in Energy Research and Social Science. In the article, we assess acceptability and support for tidal energy, as well as perceived benefits and risks of tidal energy and climate change beliefs in WA […]
    Stacia Dreyer
  • Fwd: SHAPE ENERGY Call for Evidence May 17, 2017
    Thanks everyone for your input- in particular to Anne and Sandy. Anne, I hope I managed to capture everything in your email. Apologies if I missed something in translation. Below is a copy of the content I sent to SHAPE ENERGY. It should give them some good pointers to our work and intent. I […]
    Laura Watts
  • Re: [ISSMER] SHAPE ENERGY Call for Evidence May 15, 2017
    Apologies, everyone. I had the settings for googledoc wrong. Everyone should be able to edit now… best- Laura. On 15 May 2017, at 17.32, O'Hagan, Anne Marie wrote: Hi Laura, Like Sandy, I am also having difficulty adding to or editing the Google document so I hope it is ok […]
    Laura Watts