Maritime and Marine Institute


The Maritime and Marine Institute capitalises on Hull’s unique combination of physical location, maritime history and marine resources.

With large dock facilities, unrivalled access to Europe and a strategic value as a port on one of the busiest shipping routes in the world, Hull has marine and maritime activities at its very core. The University currently has more than 80 academics working on issues connected to the marine and maritime environment - and interacting with a variety of stakeholders in the region and beyond.

The scholars' research encompasses maritime and marine-related pursuits across various subjects – from governance of the oceans, fish stocks and climate change to piracy, culture and history. The institute coordinates existing research strengths and promotes this expertise for stakeholders across the country and the world.

Our challenge

The institute builds on the strengths of Hull’s proud maritime past but also tackles contemporary and future challenges. We're addressing the challenges which will confront us in the coming years, including ocean health, new trade routes and the security issues associated with the expansion of the great powers in to the South China Sea as well as in the High North. Policy and policy-related issues lie at the heart of our activities.

The institute works with the British Government, the EU, industry and the military, focusing on priority areas such as security, policy and law, the High North and Arctic, heritage and recreation, and resource use. Our well-established research team has a track record of delivering excellence across the maritime and marine sector. They respond quickly to bring their expertise to bear on new challenges.

"This institute is perfectly placed to research and contribute to our knowledge of the marine and maritime realm on which the planet's future must depend."Chris Bellamy, Professor Emeritus of Maritime Security, University of Greenwich

Our impact

New findings by scientists from the University of Hull and the British Antarctic Survey have revealed that recorded levels of microplastics are five times higher than you would expect to find from local sources.

Our People

Professor Richard Barnes

Director of Hull Maritime and Marine Institute

Professor Barnes is an internationally-recognised expert in international law and law of the sea. He has been invited to give advice to government bodies in the UK and overseas, NGOS and the private sector on a wide range of marine law matters.

His views on current issues, such as Brexit and fisheries law, have been sought by international media, including the BBC, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Professor Barnes has given papers at leading universities and institutions, such as the Lincoln Institute (Cambridge, US), BIICL, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

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