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MARE is an interdisciplinary social science organisation interested in the use and management of marine resources. Its objective is to provide a stimulating intellectual climate for academics and policymakers working on topics related to coasts and seas. 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, emphasising 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.

MARE 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 programme is guided by four core themes:

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

MARE’s History

MARE was established in 2000 by the University of Amsterdam and SISWO (Netherland’s Institute for Social Science Research). MARE now has four institutional partners, located in three countries of Europe:

University of Amsterdam (Governance and Inclusive Development Group)

Wageningen University and Research Centre (Environmental Policy Group)

Aalborg University (Innovative Fisheries Management) and

Tromsø University (Norwegian Fisheries College)