MARSSI is the all-island Marine Social Sciences Network Ireland

We welcome researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in the marine and coastal sector. If you are based on the island of Ireland and would like to make connections with people like you who are driving the field of marine social science on the island of Ireland, we would love to hear from you. MARSSI is a network for those just starting out to those at the top of their careers and we want to create a national community, supporting articulation and communication of the complex and complicated relationship between society and the sea.

To find out more, contact Ruth Brennan ([email protected]), Anne-Marie O’Hagan ([email protected]) and Wesley Flannery ([email protected]).

The MARSSI core group is:

Dr Ruth Brennan (MARSSI co-lead, Trinity College Dublin)

Dr Heather Ritchie (MARSSI co-lead, Ulster University)

Dr Easkey Britton (NUI Galway)

Dr Liam Carr (NUI Galway)

Dr Wesley Flannery (Queens University Belfast)

Dr Anne Marie O’Hagan (University College Cork)

Dr Glen Smith (University College Cork)

Ruth Brennan is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow (2018-2020) at the Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities, Trinity College Dublin and sea fisheries advisor to MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan. Her research sits at the arts-science-policy interface and offers insights into the different ways marine and coastal spaces are conceptualised by users, managers and human-environment interactions, how this relates to natural resource governance challenges and what it means for community engagement. Her current research has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 789524.



 Dr Heather Ritchie was appointed as a lecturer in Spatial Planning and Energy Policy in the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Ulster University in 2009. Heather teaches across all four years of the Integrated Masters (MSci) in Planning, Regeneration and Development. Her teaching specialisms are in Marine Spatial Planning, Environmental Impact Assessment and Planning Regulation. She supervises both MSc and PhD Research Students.  Heather’s research specialisms are in stakeholder engagement, transboundary MSP and legal aspects. Heather is joint Athena Swan Coordinator on behalf of the School. Heather is a committee member of the Irish Sea Maritime Forum, the MSP Research Network and was co-opted as a member of the Marine and Coastal Working Group for the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside in 2016. Heather recently has become a Chartered Member of the Irish Planning Institute.