SAFE SEAS: New research project on maritime security capacity building launched.

The current re-evaluation of the maritime as a space of insecurity and economic opportunity has led to a growing awareness for the weak capacities of the majority of coastal states. Capacity building has become a top political priority. The new research project SafeSeas studies lessons from maritime security capacity building in the Western Indian Ocean. The objective is to develop key guidelines and best practices for the coordination, programming and implementation of maritime security capacity building and maritime security sector reform. The project compares the ongoing efforts to restructure the maritime security sector in four countries (Djibouti, Kenya, Seychelles, and Somalia). Although maritime capacity building has been done in limited forms for decades by international navies and the International Maritime Organization, it is generally considered as a new field of international activity. The project has four aims:
to increase our understanding of challenges and effects of Maritime Security Sector Reform;
to transfer lessons from other fields of capacity building to the maritime;
to develop a methodology for mapping national maritime security sectors;
to identify best practices, gaps and shortcomings in the delivery of capacity building.
SafeSeas is funded by the British Academy and part of the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund initiative to strengthen development through research.

The project is a collaboration between Cardiff University and the University of Bristol and is led by IORG member Dr. Christian Bueger. Further information is available on the project website

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Re-Imagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility." Venue: Maritime Museum of WA, Fremantle

Dates: 7-9 December 2016


Addressing the urgent and compelling need to re-imagine Australia as inclusive, conscious of its landscape and contexts, locale, history, myths and memory, amnesia, politics, cultures and futures.

Re-imagined through story, critique, reflection, art, human rights and education. 

The conference will offer the opportunity of responding to the intensification of overlapping, interpenetrating and mixing of cultures and peoples in everyday life in Australia – and how its public culture has become increasingly re-imagined through intense conversations and inter-epistemic dialogue. 

Re-imagining different ways of knowing, belonging and doing.

The conference aims to showcase contemporary research and creativity in understanding Australia through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches.

For the first time, the International Association of Australian Studies conference will take place in Western Australia (WA), following on the zeitgeist of Griffith Review’s ‘Looking West’ (2014), the end of the mining boom and vigorous national protests against the closure of remote Aboriginal communities based on a racial and cultural politics of ‘lifestyle’ that bear the hallmarks of European Enlightenment triumph. 

WA offers a rich context to explore the creative, cultural and critical dynamics of Australian society. Its proximity to the Indian Ocean, to Indonesia, Southeast Asia, India, China and Africa make WA an ideal place from which to look at Australia, as well as a place to understand how others see it.

Keynote Speakers Include:

Randa Abdel-Fattah (Macquarie)

Tony Birch (Victoria)

Anna Haebich (Curtin)

Vinay Lal (UCLA)

Suvendrini Perera (Curtin)

Ariel Heryanto (ANU)

Kim Scott (Curtin)

The conference encourages postgraduates, early career and senior scholars to present new and innovative work cognate to our theme. 

We welcome the submission of abstracts from the following disciplines and fields:

African Studies

Australian Studies

Asian Studies

Creative Arts

Creative Writing

Critical Disability Studies

Critical Race and Whiteness Studies

Cultural Studies


Environmental Studies

Gender and Sexuality



Human rights

Indian Ocean Studies

Indigenous Studies


Media and Film Studies

Multicultural Studies

Performance studies

Postcolonial Studies

Settler Colonial Studies



Call for Papers 2016: Women’s Economic Empowerment (Special edition 2017)

The Journal of the Indian Ocean Region (JIOR) is the flagship journal of the Indian Ocean Research Group Inc - It is also affiliated with the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). It publishes interdisciplinary social science and policy research on the nature and impact of the human uses of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), and works to increase knowledge of a wide range of traditional and non-traditional security threats in order to maintain peace and stability in the IOR.

The journal seeks research articles, discussion papers, policy papers and book reviews on major Indian Ocean issues such as: regional geopolitics; resource exploitation; maritime jurisdiction, coastal management, ocean laws, maritime security; human and environmental security; human trade and cooperation. 

Interstate relations and non-traditional security threats thus constitute the substantive, but not necessarily exclusive, contents of the JIOR.


Special edition 2017:

We are particularly

interested in the theme of Women’s

Economic Empowerment


Submission deadline is: 15 August 2016 Publication in hard copy: April 2017

Potential contributors can access the JIOR website at:

Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts and proposals to the Commissioning Editor of the journal:

Dr. Adela Alfonsi:


Maritime India Summit 2016, 14-16 April 2016

Maritime India Summit 2016 (MIS 2016) is a maiden flagship initiative of Ministry of Shipping, Government of India that will provide a unique global platform for investors to explore potential business opportunities in the Indian Maritime Sector. MIS 2016 is being organized from April 14-16, 2016 at Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai, India. The summit will have a 2 day conference on April 14-15 and exhibition for 3 days from April 14-16, 2016.

The conference aims to foster interaction between stakeholders through B2B and G2B meetings; and will have special sessions on investment opportunities in Maritime Sector with focus on ship building, ship repair, ship recycling, dredger/barge manufacturing, setting up of new ports and capacity augmentation of existing ports, development of inland waterways for cargo and passenger transportation, coastal shipping, passenger ferry services, lighthouse and cruise tourism, island development and aquatic resources, maritime cluster development and other services related to Indian Maritime Sector. The conference will also highlight investment opportunities in the Indian Maritime States and Union Territories. Republic of Korea is the partner country for MIS 2016.


(Link to Official Website)

(Link for more information and coverage in Indian media and Korean media)

The Maritime Security Challenges Conference, 3-6 October in Victoria, British Columbia

Maritime Security Challenges 2016: Pacific Seapower, is proudly hosted by the Navy League of Canada, in association with the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, a US Department of Defense organization.

MSC16 will be the seventh conference in the Maritime Security Challenges (MSC) series.

In existence since 2005, the biennial MSC conferences, held in Victoria, BC, are the only conference of its kind in Canada. With over 200 international delegates from military and related maritime industries attending this bienniel event, the conference attracts an exclusive senior contingent of professionals involved in all aspects of maritime operations and security, from decision-makers, to academics, to industry suppliers, to well-known and accomplished subject matter experts, from all over the world. (See website)


CALL FOR PAPERS: TOURISM 2016 – International Conference on Global Tourism and Sustainability

October 12-14, 2016

Lagos, Algarve - Portugal

Organised by Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development, TOURISM 2016 - International Conference on Global Tourism and Sustainability invites all researchers, academics and practitioners on the field of tourism and sustainability to contribute to this discussion by presenting their work and research on this scientific and cultural event.

Abstracts and papers may be submitted under the following topics:
·         Governance for sustainable tourism
·         Environmental impacts of tourism sites and facilities development and management
·         Environmental impacts of recreational touristic activities
·         Sustainable practices in ecotourism
·         Sustainable practices in historic centres and urban destinations
·         Sustainable transportation and mobility in tourism activities
·         Preservation of cultural and landscape identity in tourism promotion and activities
·         Impacts of tourism in the preservation of cultural heritage sites
·         Inclusivity in tourism activities and facilities
·         Education for sustainable tourism management and practices
·         Special chapter: tourism in areas of post disaster and post conflict scenarios

For abstracts submission deadline:

TOURISM 2016 is a peer reviewed conference.

Visit the conference website for full details about the conference scope, topics and submission procedures at 

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Secretariat TOURISM 2016
Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
Av. Alcaides de Faria, 377 S12
4750-106 Barcelos, PORTUGAL
Telephone: + 351 253 815 037

International Centre for the Indian Ocean Region

IORG is now linked to a new Indian Ocean region research initiative - the International Centre for the Indian Ocean Region, which is a collaboration between Curtin University and Murdoch University. The ICIOR undertakes academic and applied research in the three interrelated fields of Security, Economics and Society and Culture to produce new understandings of the dynamics involved in the future of the Indian Ocean Region and its peoples. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration between all parties

International Centre for the Indian Ocean Region

An application has gone in to the Australian federal government and the government of Western Australia to set up a Perth-based specialist regional Indian Ocean research centre, focused on humanities and social sciences. It will be joint venture between Curtin and Murdoch universities, both of which already have strong Indian Ocean research programs. Here is a short spiel about the proposed centre, from the WA Business News.

Background - A Potted History of IORG Inc.

The vision of the Indian Ocean Research Group is to fulfill the important need to provide an over-arching social science policy-focused research umbrella for the region. Its vision builds upon two significant earlier attempts to construct a research umbrella for social science-oriented research in the Indian Ocean Region - the Indian Ocean Centre for Peace Studies (IOCPS) and the Indian Ocean Centre (IOC). Both of these initiatives were headquartered in Western Australia and both were ably led by Kenneth McPherson, who sadly died in 2010. Despite various setbacks, the spirit and hard work that have gone into making such initiatives and the worthwhile research produced by them over several years will continue to inspire us.

We felt that one of the principal shortcomings of earlier attempts to sustain a regional academic group was that they tended to be focused on one "pillar" (India or Australia) and that there was a need to develop a new network build initially on two "pillars" (India and Australia). With "Complementarity, Cooperation, and Collaboration" as its key guiding principles, the IORG thus aimed to develop a revamped Indian Ocean Regional academic network built on at least two pillars -Panjab University in Chandigarrh and the University of Western Australia. With these two places as the initial nodes, subsequent meetings of the group took place at different centres and institutes at locations around the Indian Ocean Region, which have since been added to the network.

The main challenge facing the IORG, of course, was to turn this visioin into a reality. In order to achieve this requires a significant degree of regional support. We are especially grateful for the support already provided by the Ministry of External Affairs, India; and by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). We are also grateful for the support provided by Panjab University and by the University of Western Australia. We are especially grateful to Panjab University for allowing us to host the Inaugural Conference in Chandigarrh in November 2002. We are equally grateful to various Indian Ocean Regional Governments, Institutes, NGOs and businesses that have helped sponsor meetings since that time, especially BHP-Billiton; the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) in Iran; the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA); the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Oman; and Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. Above all, we are indebted to all of the fine active participants at our meetings and within the group organisation, since, without a committed functioning regional community of scholars, the IORG vision can never become a reality.

Since those early days, we have been delighted to see network grow considerably. IORG is now auspiced by the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute at Curtin University, Australia; and the University of Adelaide, Australia. We thank them all for their support.

Professor Dennis Rumley