Venilla Rajaguru currently serves as the Chair of a working group on Ocean Frontiers under Science for Peace, Canada. She has also been a Course Director at York, developing syllabi and teaching ‘Science and Technology in Global Development’ (Dept. of Science & Technology Studies), ‘Natural Resource Management’ (Faculty of Environmental Studies), and ‘History of the Environment’ (Natural Science Division). 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 has won the Susan Mann Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2017-2018; secured the Vivienne-Poy Award for Doctoral Research on Asia, 2016; and received the Ontario Graduate Scholarship for doctoral research in 2014. She is Rhodes Scholar 1992.
Rajaguru’s work experience spans public communications, radio news broadcasting, community outreach, and corporate social responsibility consulting. She has also served as the Chair of a foundation for women and children, formally known as Yayasan Wanita ASEAN Sekretariat or ASEAN Secretariat Women’s Wing (ASEAN), 2009-2011. After getting back to academia, her research focus is on technological and knowledge production practices of maritime claims that affect and shape international order and cooperation. Her publications include a book of poems, policy articles on ASEAN, and research papers on ocean frontiers.
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. New York: Routledge.
Rajaguru, Venilla. 2017. “40 Years of ASEAN-Canada Partnership, and a Strategic Agenda for Tomorrow”, in Policy Update. Nov 2017: Canadian Global Affairs Institute
Rajaguru-Pushpanathan, Venilla. 2010. “What is ASEAN Consciousness?” in the ASEAN Day Supplement, 07-08-2010: The Jakarta Post.
Keywords: Ocean affairs; international development-international law-international security