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Director of Research and Associate Professor, Australian Center for Ocean Resources and Security

April 21st, 2010

Area of Expertise: International Relations, Law and Human Rights, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: Asia, Oceania
Geographical Expertise - Country: Australia
Language: English
Field of Work: Academia, Author/Novelist, Think tank/Research center
City: Wollongong
Country: Australia
Continent: Australia


Clive Schofield cropped Clive SchofieldDr. Clive Schofield  is Director of Research and Associate Professor at the Australian Center for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, Australia. He a political geographer, with allied international law qualifications and expertise, whose research interests relate to international boundaries and particularly maritime boundary delimitation.

He developed his profile in these areas during an 11-year association with the International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU) at the University of Durham, UK. IBRU is the only research centre of its kind in the world and since its foundation in 1989 IBRU has built up an international reputation as the pre-eminent source of information and expertise on international boundary issues in the world. Dr. Schofield commenced work at IBRU in 1991. In 1995 he was promoted to Deputy Director and in 2001 Director of Research.

Dr. Schofield was appointed a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at UNSW in July 2002 and subsequently joined the Centre for Maritime Policy (CMP) as Senior Lecturer in November 2004. CMP was renamed the Australian Centre for Ocean Resource and Security (ANCORS) in 2007.  ANCORS is Australia’s sole academic centre devoted to multidisciplinary research on national and international ocean law, policy, management and maritime security.

In November 2005 Dr. Schofield was awarded a prestigious QEII Research Fellowship – one of only 16 awarded across all disciplines and Universities in Australia in 2005 – a post he took up in March 2006. QEII Fellowships are intended for established researchers to undertake research of national or international significance.

His current research focuses on maritime boundary delimitation and security in the Asia-Pacific region, including disputes over islands, and geo-technical and spatial analysis of claims to straight baselines around the world and their impact on maritime jurisdiction and ocean management. He has written and commentated on maritime disputes in East and Southeast Asia, such as regarding the Spratly Islands and East China Sea. His focus on the Western and Central Pacific looks at the impacts of climate change on small island states, while in the Indian Ocean his focus is on maritime security off the Horn of Africa. His focus on the Polar regions examines competing claims in the Arctic and the dispute over the Islas Malvinas/Falkland Islands. As a result he has had direct involvement in the peaceful settlement of boundary and territory disputes through the provision of technical advice and research support to governments engaged in boundary negotiations or in dispute settlement cases before the International Court of Justice.

He is co-author of the book, The Maritime Political Boundaries of the World.

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