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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  • Island Innovation Projects April 2, 2018
    Hello Everyone! I am starting a small new project called "Island Innovation", which I think will be a useful resource for all in this group! I will be featuring projects from areas as diverse as the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, Arctic, rural Scotland, Iceland and Madagascar. This will be an […]
    James Ellsmoor
  • Fwd: Us congress hearing of maan alsaan Money laundry قضية الكونغجرس لغسيل الأموال للمليادير معن الصانع March 19, 2018
    YouTube videos of U.S. Congress money laundering hearing of Saudi Billionaire " Maan Al sanea" with bank of America and The owner of Saad Hospital and Schools in the Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Awal Bank in Bahrain With […]
    sami a
  • FW: PRIMaRE Conference - First Call for Abstracts March 2, 2018
    Hi All, This may be of interest, particularly to those here in the UK. 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 […]
    Jude, Simon
  • FW: EIMR workshop February 23, 2018
    Dear ISSMER The attached workshop may be of some interest to you. The workshop – examining socio economic indicators of impact from marine energy - is happening at the EMIR conference in Orkney in April Feel free to pass it on if you think it may be of interest to others. Regards […]