The Marine Social Science Network Plymouth (#MarSocSciPlym) chapter was established in November 2019 by Dr Pamela Buchan of Exeter University and Nicola Bridge of the Ocean Conservation Trust. It was borne out of good conversations and a wish to have more with more people interested in the human-ocean relationship.

Since COVID, we have been running a mix of in-person and online meetings. The group meets every couple of months, with in-person meetings in a Plymouth pub. So far this has been The Gipsy Moth (formerly the Pub on the Hoe) and Rockfish, but we are completely open to other venues, or other requirements for specific meetings. In-person meetings are entirely informal with members encouraged to share news and views, bring discussion topics or items, and share information via the wider email network.

For further details or to be added to the mailing list contact Pamela at [email protected]


Thursday March 7th 5:30-6pm start

Tuesday May 7th, 5:30-6pm start

Venues tbc as this continues to be an issue. Please let me know of any central recommendations where there won’t be sport on and we have a roomy table to sit together. Even better if they do food.


At one of the Marine Social Science Network – Plymouth (MarSocSciPlym) meetings, was an opportunity to hear about the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park and the Heritage Horizons Project from Plymouth City Council. The Heritage Horizons Project is a large heritage and community based project connected to the National Marine Park concept. It will establish new gateways to the marine environment, promote digital access to the ocean, and encourage marine citizenship and ocean literacy. As part of the discussion, we will consider how marine social scientists and practitioners can get more involved in the NMP.

Presentation Link: 211202 PSNMP Overview Presentation