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Dr. Senia Febrica

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I am Senia Febrica. Currently, I am the Knowledge Exchange Associate of the One Ocean Hub (Law School), University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I am also an honorary senior researcher at the American Studies Center, Universitas Indonesia, and the Indonesian Institute of Advanced International Studies, Jakarta. Prior to this, I graduated in 2014 with a PhD in Politics from the University of Glasgow and was a Gerda Henkel Stiftung Post-Doctoral Fellow from 2015 to 2017.

My research sits at the intersection between International

Relations, Security Studies, and the study of international organizations. Specifically, it focuses on maritime security cooperation and the particular challenges it poses in the Southeast Asia region (paying special attention to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines). Maritime security is important because of the growing violence and fatalities associated with piracy, armed robbery against ships, maritime terrorism, trafficking by sea, illegal fishing, and boundary disputes in Southeast Asia and beyond.


I have conducted research on cooperation to address marine pollution, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, piracy, and maritime terrorism in Southeast Asia. I have also examined the role of non-state actors (e.g. militarized non-governmental organizations and traditional authorities) in border security, conflict over natural resources, and customary marine tenure in Indonesia.


I am available to give talks, interviews, and paid consultancy on topics related to piracy, armed robbery against ships and maritime terrorism in Southeast Asia; Sulu-Sulawesi tri-border security; Indonesia’s port and maritime security; and customary marine tenure in Indonesia.



August 2020 - pres

Knowledge Exchange Associate

One Ocean Hub (Law School), the University of Strathclyde
June 2020 - December 2025

Senior Research Fellow (Honorary)

American Studies Center, Universitas Indonesia
January 2015 - June 2020

Research Fellow (Honorary)

American Studies Center, Universitas Indonesia
August 2015 - October 2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Germany
January 2010 - December 2011, 2013, 2014

University Tutor

Politics 2B: International Relations, University of Glasgow, Scotland
June 2012 - February 2013

Research Fellow (Honorary)

The Scottish Centre for International Law, University of Edinburgh and the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, the United Nations, New York
2010 – present

Worldwide Support for Development-Haruhisa Handa Non Residential Fellow

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Pacific Forum Hawaii
August 2006 - August 2009

Associate Lecturer

The European Studies Centre, and the Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia.


October 2009 - December 2014

PhD's Degree

PhD in Politics

University of Glasgow. Submission date: 17 December 2013. Award date: 2 December 2014.

PhD thesis: Explaining Indonesia’s Participation in Maritime Security Cooperation. Available from

September 2007 - September 2008

Master's Degree

MSc in International Politics

University of Glasgow, 2008.

John Peterson Prize for the best dissertation and overall performance in the MSc in International Politics

August 2002 - August 2006

Bachelor's Diploma

BA Hons. in International Relations

Universitas Indonesia (University of Indonesia), 2006.

Cum Laude Predicate Award, Universitas Indonesia, for the best Grade Point Average (GPA) in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (3.75/4.0).

Public Library




Maritime Security and Indonesia

Cooperation, Interests and Strategies

Indonesia is the largest archipelago state in the world comprising 17,480 islands, with a maritime territory measuring close to 6 million square kilometres. It is located between the two key shipping routes of the Pacific and Indian Ocean. Indonesia’s cooperation in maritime security initiatives is vitally important because half of the world’s trading goods and oil pass through Indonesian waters, including the Straits of Malacca, the Strait of Sunda and the Strait of Lombok.

Public Library

Navigating Between the Two Reefs: Indonesian Media and Government Representation of China and the United States.” in Middle Powers in the Indo-Pacific Region, Bond University & United States Naval War College


Analysing Indonesian Media and Government Representation of China.” British Journal of Chinese Studies 8:2, pp.89-119.  Co-author with S.Sudarman

Open Book



Open Book
November 10th, 2020

“Small Scale Fisheries and Blue Justice” published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

December 2020

“Biodiversity and Ecosystems.” published by the United Kingdom House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, December 2020, with Professor Elisa Morgera & Dr Sian Rees



Recent Conference Participation


Discussant at “Domestic Customary Law & Ocean Governance: An Introduction to Different Perspectives and Approaches,” 28 September 2020, organised by the One Ocean Hub, University of Strathclyde for the United Nations-Nippon Foundation Fellows and Alumni. 


Paper presentation on “An Analysis of Indonesia’s Indo-Pacific Cooperation” at the 11th South China Sea International Conference: Cooperation for Regional Security and Development, 6-7 November 2019, Hanoi, organised by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Paper Presentation on “Kerjasama Keamanan Maritim dan Merancang Tata Kelola Kelautan,” the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) International Conference, 3 March 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia.

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