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 was established in 2000 by the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies (AMIDSt) and the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (ASSR) and SISWO (Netherlands Institute for Social Science Research). In 2001 The chairgroup of Rural Development Sociology (RDS) of Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) became a partner in MARE. In December 2007 the Environmental Policy Group (ENP) and the Law and Governance Group (LAW) of Wageningen Universtity also became partners of MARE.