Building an Indian Ocean Region (Australian Research Council funded project)

ARC Discovery Project, 2012 – 2015 Discovery (Project 120101166, $378,000) administered by the University of Adelaide.

Chief Investigators: Prof. Timothy Doyle (the University of Adelaide) ;  Prof. Dennis Rumley (Curtin University); Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi (Panjab University);  Prof. Clive Schofield (the University of Wollongong); Prof. Mohamed Salih (the University of Rotterdam;  and Prof. Kanishka Jayasuriya (the University of Adelaide).

Progress continues unabated on this extremely successful project, which will complete at the end of 2015. The project critically analyses (re)emergent and contested regionalisms in an area of global geo-strategic political concern and one of great and increasing significance: the Indian Ocean Region. It documents current attempts at building pan and sub-regional identities and institutions – with particular reference to the Indian Ocean Rim Association  (IORA), currently the most ambitious region-building venture. Non-traditional security approaches will be particularly investigated as means of building bridges and creating regional dialogues. Finally, the project analyses how various notions of regionalism can be used to facilitate the process of ‘building’ an Indian Ocean region.

 

Aims of the Research:

  • Initiate research on geopolitical, economic, socio-cultural, environmental, scientific and technological issues relevant to the Indian Ocean Region (IOR)
  • Promote dialogue on the peaceful uses and ecologically sustainable development of maritime resources based on the principle of common heritage
  • Foster inter-state cooperation on the sustainable management of ocean resources and the peaceful resolution of maritime disputes
  • Ensure a holistic discourse on the human and environmental security of IOR among its states, peoples and communities
  • Contribute to an understanding of the causes as well as the effects of a wide range of non-traditional IOR security threats, specifically including the "Blue Economy" agenda
  • Facilitate information flow and discussion on international maritime regimes and the rights of states and local communities representing the IOR
  • Encourage informed policy debate among governments, NGOs, business groups, academics and other stakeholders in the IOR on issues of common concern.

Research Themes:

  1. Constructing Indian Ocean Regionalism
  2. Traditional security in the Indian Ocean Regon
  3. Human Security
  4. Economic and Resource Security
  5. Maritime Security
  6. Environmental Security

 

Research Outcomes and Outputs:

Here is a selection of directly related books, articles, and chapters

*denotes direct result of ARC grant.

Books:

*Chaturvedi, S. and Doyle, T. (2015) Climate Terror: A Critical Geopolitics of Climate Change, New Securities
Series, edited by Stuart Croft, Warwick University (Palgrave Macmillan: UK and New York). (research theme 6)

Doyle, R., McEachern, D., and MacGregor, S. (2015). Environment and Politics, fourth edition, London and New York: Routledge

Doherty, B., and Doyle, T. (2014) Environmentalism, Resistance and Solidarity, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Doyle, T. and MacGregor, S. eds. (2014) Environmental Movements around the World, Santa Barbara: Praeger

Doyle, T. and Riseley, eds. (2008) Crucible for Survival: Environmental Security and Justice in the Indian Ocean Region, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press

*Rumley, D., ed. (2013), The Indian Ocean Region: Security, Stability and Sustainability in the 21st Century,
Melbourne: Australia India Institute, 126pp. (research theme 3)

*Rumley, D., ed. (2015), The Political Economy of Indian Ocean Maritime Africa, New Delhi: Pentagon Press,
322pp. (research theme 4)

*Rumley, D. and Doyle, T. (2015) Indian Ocean Regionalisms, (eds) (Routledge: London). (research theme 1)
*Rumley, D. and Chaturvedi S. (eds.) (2015) Geopolitical Orientations, Regionalism and Security in the
Indian Ocean, London
: Routledge (due in May 2015) (research theme 2)
Rumley, D. and Chaturvedi S. (eds.) (2015) Energy Security and the Indian Ocean Region, London: Routledge. (research theme 4)Rumley, D. and Chaturvedi, S., and Sakhuja, V., eds. (2009) Fisheries Exploitation in the Indian Ocean: Threats and Opportunities, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies


Scholarly Book Chapters:


*Doyle, T. and Rumley, D. (2015) 'Africa and contested constructions of the Indian Ocean Region', in Rumley, D.,
ed., The Political Economy of Indian Ocean Maritime Africa, New Delhi: Pentagon Press, pp. 91-100.
*Doyle, T. and Alfonsi, A. (2014) ‘Does an open-free market economy make Australia more or less secure in a
globalised world?,’ in Issues in Australian Foreign Policy, edited by Daniel Baldino et al, Oxford University Press.
*Doyle, T. J. (2012) ‘Building Indian Ocean Regionalisms: Research Agendas for the Future’, The Future of the
Indian Ocean Rim – Association for Regional Co-operation, ed. Vijay Sakuja, Indian Council of World Affairs, and
Routledge, New Delhi.
*Doyle, T. And Chaturvedi, S. (2011) ‘Climate Refuges and Security: Conceptualizations, Categories and
Contestations,’ in Dryzek, J., Norgaard, R., and Schlosberg, D., Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society,
Oxford University Press: UK.
*Schofield, C.H. (2014), ‘Securing the World’s most Dangerous Strait?: The Bab al-Mandeb and Gulf of Aden’,
pp.268-298 in Oral, N. (ed.), Safety, Security and Environmental Protection in Straits Used in International
Navigation: Is International Law Meeting the Challenge?
, (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff).
*Chaturvedi, S. “Rescaling Indian Ocean Regionalism in the Era of Climate Change: Perspectives on and
from the Bay of Bengal”, in Vijay Sakhuja (ed.) Reinvigorating IOR-ARC, New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2011.
*Jayasuriya K (2013) Regulatory State with Dirigiste Characteristics: Variegated Pathways of Regulatory
Governance. In N. Dubash and B. Morgan (eds), The Rise of the Regulatory state of the Global South. Oxford:
Oxford University Press

Refereed Journal Articles:


*Doyle, T. and Seal, G. (2015) ‘Indian Ocean Futures: New Partnerships, Alliances, and Academic Diplomacy,’
Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, vol. 11, no. 1, June.
*Doyle, T. (2014) ‘The Coming Together of Geoeconomics and Geosecurities in The Indian Ocean Region? Journal
of the Indian Ocean Region
Vol. 10, no. 2 December.
*Doyle, T. (2013) ‘Africa and the Indian Ocean Region,’ Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, vol 9, issue 2, 131-
133.
*Rumley, D, Doyle, T. J. and Chaturvedi, S (2012) ‘Securing the Indian Ocean? Competing Regional Security
Constructions’, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, vol. 8, issue 1, June.
*Ryan, B.J. (2013) ‘Zones and Routes: Securing a Western Indian Ocean,’ Journal of the Indian Ocean Pacific
Region
, 9 (2): 173-188.
*Ryan, B.J. (2013) ‘Reasonable Force: The Emergence of Global Policing Power,’ Review of International Studies,
39 (2): 435-457.
*Schofield, C.H. (2014) ‘Arming Merchant Vessels: Enhancing or Imperilling Maritime Safety and Security’,
Korean Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol.2, no.1: 46-66.
*Schofield, C.H., Telesetsky, A. and Lee, S. (2013) ‘A Tribunal Navigating Complex Waters Implications of the Bay
of Bengal Case’, Ocean Development and International Law, Vol.44, no.4: 363-388.
*Schofield, C.H. and Telesetsky, A. (2012) ‘Grey Clouds or Clearer Skies Ahead? Implications of the Bay of Bengal
Case’, American Society of International Law, Law of the Sea Reports, Vol.III (2012), no.1.
Lin, S. and Schofield C.H. (2014) ‘Lessons from the Bay of Bengal ITLOS Case: Stepping Offshore for a “Deeper”
Maritime Political Geography’, Commentary, The Geographical Journal, Vol.180, no.3 (September): 260-264.
*Chaturvedi, S. and Doyle, T, “Geopolitics of Fear and the Emergence of ‘Climate Refugees’: Imaginative
Geographies of Climate Change and Displacements in Bangladesh’, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 6(2), 2011:
206-222. (Co-authored with Timothy Doyle)
 

*Presentations and events

Click here for powerpoint presentation given by Prof. Dennis Rumley to IORAG Expert Meeting, Jakarta, 14 August 2015: "Developing a Research Programme for IORAG"

 

*Directory of Sub-Regional Bodies in the Indian Ocean Region

We see considerable potential for building long-term linkages between this project and other key theoretical and policy-relevant Indian Region research areas, as well as very good prospects for enhancing already very strongly developed national and international linkages with the IORG, and the IORAG.

Click below for link to directory of sub-regional bodies in the Indian Ocean Region:

Click here for a directory of bodies that function across the Indian Ocean Region

Click here for a directory of bodies that function across the Indian Ocean Region