ApoliMer Projects

Built on three pillars (research, training and valorisation), this RTPi  gathers members from several French research organisms as well as some foreign partners. Noticing that the social sciences of the politics are few represented in the study of « the seas and oceans governance », this RTPi aims to structure the researches and the actions to improve the sustainable management of the maritime areas, the marine environment and the biological and mineral resources. It echoes with the sustainable development objective n°14 (aquatic lives – UNO), which we analyse the foundations and the variations from international to local scales. The RTPi explores the contemporary fabrication of the different forms of governance of the seas with an attention to the marine resources management (halieutic, mineral, …) between exploitation and conservation. Mobilizing the social sciences (anthropology, political sciences, sciences studies), we are interested by the actors, groups and networks who « make » the governance of seas and oceans in the contemporary period. The dispositions, resources and constraints, values, arguments and strategies are grasped with a social-anthropological approach and a consideration of ecological variables in the decision making and the collective action through permanently relationships between natural sciences researchers and environmental engineers. The concept of social-ecological ecosystem is particularly worked inside the RTPi, in a near interaction with the « Zone-Atelier » network (CNRS-INEE), French declination of the international LTSER. The RTPi ApoliMer hopes brings critical contributions in the field of resilience studies / sciences of the sustainability, linking Human and society sciences with environmental sciences to globally understand the Human / Nature relationships – that the current contexts and future issues of the Human life on Earth invite us to do.

The Scientific Thematics of RTPi ApoliMer


Governance, Control and

Surveillance of the Seas


Collective Mobilisations


Resistance and Transformation of the Littoral Communities to face changes