A new international journal on Indian Ocean issues is headed up by a UWA academic.
Associate Professor Dennis Rumley is the Chief Editor of Journal of the Indian Ocean Region (JIOR), which will be published by Routledge from next year
One of its associate editors is UWA's map curator, Dr Viv Forbes.
It is the flagship journal of the Indian Ocean Research Group Inc, which does interdisciplinary policy-oriented research on the nature and impact of human uses of the Indian Ocean region.
Its size and location make the Indian Ocean an ideal economic link between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, which results in the movement across it of the highest tonnages of commodities in the world, more than three-quarters of it from outside the region.
"Observing and managing the environmental impacts of such human activity on marine ecosystems is essential for the conservation of resources and human security in the region," A/Professor Rumley said.
The journal will cover major Indian Ocean issues including regional geopolitics, resource exploitation, sharing and conservation, maritime jurisdiction, coastal management, ocean laws, the problems of small island states and regional trade and co-operation.
"We expect the JIOR to encourage research on geopolitical, economic, socio-cultural, environmental, scientific and technological issues; to ensure a holistic discourse on the human and environmental security of the region; and to initiate informed policy debate among governments, NGOs, business groups, academics and other stakeholders in the region," A/Professor Rumley said.