Establishing a legal research agenda for ocean energy

Glen Wright*, Anne Marie O'Hagan, Jiska de Groot, Yannick Leroy, Niko Soininen, Rachael Salcido, Montserrat Abad Castelos, Simon Jude, Julien Rochette, Sandy Kerr

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    The literature on ocean energy has, to date, largely focussed on technical, environmental, and, increasingly, social and political aspects. Legal and regulatory factors have received far less attention, despite their importance in supporting this new technology and ensuring its sustainable development. Building on the social sciences research agenda developed by the International network for Social Studies of Marine Energy (ISSMER) and published in Energy Policy, a complementary agenda for legal research linked to ocean energy was set out. Key directions for future research structured around the core themes of marine governance: (i) international law; (ii) environmental impacts; (iii) rights and ownership; (iv) consenting processes; and (v) management of marine space and resources were identified.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)126-134
    Number of pages9
    JournalMarine Policy
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016


    • Environmental impact assessment
    • Marine governance
    • Marine spatial planning
    • Ocean energy
    • Research agenda
    • Resource management

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Aquatic Science
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • General Environmental Science
    • Law
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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