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Integrated Maritime Management & Security across the Indo-Pacific

A joint research project between researchers in Sonipat and Wollongong will consider ways to strengthen Indo-Pacific maritime cooperation and tackle marine pollution.


Strategies to boost Indo-Pacific maritime cooperation and reduce marine plastic waste are the focus of a new collaborative project between the University of Wollongong (UoW) and O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU).

‘Integrated Maritime Management & Security across the Indo-Pacific’ was one of four projects funded under the second round for the Australia-India Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative Partnership to undertake maritime ecology projects.

The project has two key objectives. The first is to develop a framework to build coherence and cohesion across seven Indo-Pacific Ocean Initiative (IPOI) pillars. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the IPOI pillars in 2019:

  1. Maritime Ecology
  2. Maritime Security
  3. Marine Resources
  4. Capacity Building and Resource Sharing
  5. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
  6. Science, Technology and Academic Cooperation
  7. Trade, Connectivity and Maritime Transport

The second part will be a case study of an action plan to tackle marine pollution, with a focus on plastic waste. Plastic pollution in the Indian Ocean is a huge problem – it endangers marine life, food safety and costs fishing and tourism industries.

Collaborative process

Faculty members from UoW and JGU worked closely together in preparing the funding application. Senior faculty members and post-doctoral students from several disciplines will collaborate on the implementation of the project, including professors from international affairs, law, liberal arts and humanities, environment and sustainability. In addition to faculty participation, industry partners and government officials will be invited to participate in the proposed conference, workshops and edited volume to encourage practical insights into the seven IPOI pillars.


The project will produce a conference, workshop and book. It’s hoped these resources will be used to contribute to important policy conversations on issues of maritime cooperation which impact both countries. UoW and JGU will complete the project by 2023.

Funding partners

The project is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.