Venilla Rajaguru is a Board Director of Science for Peace (Canada), and the Chair of a pan-university research-working group on Ocean Frontiers under Science for Peace. She also serves as a honourary council member of the International Peace Bureau (Geneva); and has previously served as the honourary Chair of ASEAN Secretariat Women’s Wing (ASEAN) 2009-2011. Recently, she has been contracted as a Course Director at York University for the following undergraduate courses: ‘Science and Technology Issues in Global Development’ (Science & Technology Studies), ‘Natural Resource Management’ (Environmental Studies), and ‘History of the Environment’ (Natural Science). She is a working group member of an international research caucus on Science, Technology and Art in International Relations (STAIR), chartered in the U.S. under the International Studies Association, and also a member of the Extractive Industries Research Network.
Her educational background is in science & technology studies, international law and international development. Her former degrees are from the University of Oxford and Cornell. She is the recipient of the 2016 Vivienne Poy Asian Research Award and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship for doctoral research in 2014. She is Rhodes Scholar 1992. Her previous work experience spans public communications, community outreach, and corporate social responsibility consulting. After getting back to academia, her research focus is on the S & T of transboundary infrastructure development, particularly those concerning maritime regions, peace regimes and international security. Her publications include a book of poems, research based articles on the socio-politics of Southeast Asia, and on the S & T of artificial island constructions.
Keywords: Ocean Affairs; International Security-International Development-International Law