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 an honorary council member of the International Peace Bureau (Geneva); and has previously served as the honorary Chair of ASEAN Secretariat Women’s Wing (ASEAN) 2009-2011. Recently, she has been contracted as a Course Director at York 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 received the Susan Mann Doctoral Dissertation Award 2017-2018; was the recipient of the 2016 Vivienne Poy Asian Research Award for doctoral research on Asia; and had previously secured 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 science & technology of transboundary infrastructure development, particularly those concerning maritime regions, peace regimes, regional and international security. Her publications include a book of poems, research based articles on the socio-politics of Southeast Asia, and on the geotechnical politics of island-building.
Rajaguru, Venilla. 2018. “Constructing an Inventive Order of Rights: The Techno-Politics of Island-Building in Disputed Sea” in World Views on Science, Technology and Arts in International Relations ed. Madeline Carr, Renee Marlin-Bennett, JP Singh, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Rajaguru-Pushpanathan, Venilla. 2010. “What is ASEAN Consciousness?” in the ASEAN Day Supplement, 07-08-2010, The Jakarta Post.
Rajaguru, Venilla. 2009. “42 Years of ASEAN Solidarity: what does it mean for the common man, woman and child?”, in the ASEAN Day Supplement, 08-08-2009, The Jakarta Post.
Keywords: Ocean affairs; international development-international law-international security