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Dr Bec Strating Senior Lecturer, Politics

I am a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy.

My research focuses on Australian foreign policy and maritime disputes in the Indo-Pacific. I am currently writing a monograph comparing the interests and approaches of regional non-claimant states to the South China Sea disputes. In 2019 I was awarded an Asian Studies Visiting Fellowship to research at the East West Center in Washington DC for three months. I am also a visiting affiliate fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asia in Singapore and a non-visiting fellow at the Perth US Asia Centre.

In 2019, I co-edited a special issue of the Australian Journal of Politics and History with Nick Bisley on 'East Asia's Contested Security Order'. In the same year, my second monograph, The Post-Colonial Security Dilemma, was published with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in 2019. In 2018, I was awarded the prestigious Boyer Prize by the Australian Institute of International Affairs for best article published in the Australian Journal of International Affairs in 2017 for my paper ‘Timor-Leste’s Foreign Policy Approach to the Timor Sea: Pipeline or Pipedream?’

I have written over 30 commentary pieces for organisations such as Lowy Institute, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, The Conversation, East Asia Forum, New Mandela, Asia Global Online and Australian Outlook. I regularly provide comment to media including the ABC, the Australian and Sydney Morning Herald. I have testified in Australian federal parliament as an expert witness. I tweet @becstrating.

I am available for research supervision in Australian politics, Australian Foreign Policy and International Relations of Asia.

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