Our team

The La Trobe Asia Team

Our office is in Room W104
Level 1, David Myers Building West

T: +61 3 9479 5414
E: asia@latrobe.edu.au
TW: @latrobeasia

Dr Bec Strating - Executive Director

Bec joins La Trobe Asia from the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University, where she is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. Her current research interests include maritime disputes in Asia and Australian foreign and defence policy. In 2019, she was awarded an Asian Studies Visiting Fellowship at the East-West Center in Washington DC, and was a visiting affiliate fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. She is also a non-resident fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre. 

Bec received her PhD in politics from Monash University in 2013, and in her academic career has published two monographs and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. In 2018, her article on the Timor Sea maritime dispute was awarded the prestigious Boyer Prize for best article published in the Australian Journal of International Affairs in 2017. She is regularly invited to present at public and academic seminars and conferences, and is an advocate for greater diversity in Australian International Relations debates and discussions.

Bec contributes regularly to public debates about politics and foreign policy, writing for policy forums such as Lowy InterpreterAsia Maritime Transparency Initiative and Australian Strategic Policy Initiative, and is a commissioning editor for the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ publication Australian Outlook. She has provided expert comment for global and Australian media organisations including the ABC, The Age, BBC and Reuters, and has testified as an expert witness in Australian federal parliament. She tweets @becstrating.

T: +61 3 9479 6671

Professor Vivian Lin - inaugural Adjunct Professor

Professor Lin has a long history of public health service and research in a number of countries across the Asian region. She is currently the Executive Associate Dean of LKS Faculty of Medicine and Chair of Public Health at Hong Kong University, one of the highest-ranked universities in Asia.

Her previous roles include the Head of the School of Public Health (2000-2005) and Chair of Public Health (2000-2013) at La Trobe University, and she was the Director of Health Systems Division for the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Western Pacific Region from 2013-2018, where she led on the global priorities of universal health coverage and sustainable development goals.

E: vklin@hku.hk

Diana Heatherich

Senior Project Officer

T: +61 3 9479 5414
M: 0402 019 615
E: d.heatherich@latrobe.edu.au

Matt Smith

Digital Communications Producer

T: + 61 3 9479 5513
E: matthew.smith@latrobe.edu.au