Dr. Bec Strating

Dr Bec Strating is the acting Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Her current research interests include maritime disputes in the Indo-Pacific and Australian foreign policy. In 2019, she was awarded an Asia Studies Visiting Fellowship at the East-West Center in Washington DC, and was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

Bec received her PhD in politics from Monash University in 2013, and in her academic career has published two monographs and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. In 2018, her article on the Timor Sea maritime dispute 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. She is regularly invited to present at public and academic seminars and conferences, and is an advocate for greater visibility of women in Australian International Relations debates and discussions.

Bec contributes regularly to public debates about politics and foreign policy, writing for policy forums such as Broad Agenda, Lowy Interpreter, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and Australian Strategic Policy Initiative, and is a commissioning editor for the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ publication Australian Outlook. She has provided expert comment for global and Australian media organisations including the ABC, The Age and Reuters, and in 2017, she was invited to testify as an expert witness in Australian federal parliament.