MARE is an interdisciplinary social-science network organization interested in the use and management of marine resources. Its objective is to provide a stimulating intellectual climate for academics and policymakers in Europe as well as in the South. Although MARE limits its action radius to the social sciences, it seeks active collaboration with other disciplines. It strives to maintain a balanced mix of academic and policy-oriented research. MARE takes a global perspective, emphasizing the coastal zones of Europe, Asia, and Africa. It covers a broad spectrum of topics, drawing on expertise from fields such as law, history, economics, political science, public administration, anthropology, and geography.

MARE organises international courses, conferences, and seminars on specific maritime topics. Besides pursuing its own research objectives, it carries out projects for other parties. MARE also publishes a publication series as well as a specialised maritime journal with a broad focus on social-science called Maritime Studies (MAST), which is the successor to Maritime Anthropological Studies.

MARE's program is guided by four core themes:

  • fisheries (management, governance, legal pluralism etc.)
  • maritime work worlds
  • integrated coastal zone management (ICZM)
  • Marine spatial planning

MARE's history



MARE Conference June 26-28, 2013 in Amsterdam

MARE Policy Day June 25, 2013 in Amsterdam


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The photograph above was taken by Hugo Schuitemaker (www.zeeliefhebbers.nl). It portrays a Dutch fisher who, later in life, has shifted to a sustainable, MSC-certified fishery. Only time will tell whether this has been a viable choice, and what the consequences will be. The quest for sustainability marks many policy initiatives for coasts and seas, however, and therefore the social science research agenda too. The picture is therefore an appropriate contemporary 'image' for MARE.

Centre for Maritime Research
Plantage Muidergracht 14-16
NL-1018 TV Amsterdam
Phone: +31 20 5254185
Fax: +31 20 5254051
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