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

Diana Heatherich

Senior Project Officer

Diana has been Senior Project Officer since 2014 when La Trobe Asia was established to serve La Trobe University staff, students and the broader community.  In this role Diana manages the administration for the team, organising anything from a small welcome morning tea for a visiting academic to a large conference and everything in between.  Prior to this role Diana worked in La Trobe International as the International Visits and Delegations Coordinator after moving from the same role at Victoria University, Melbourne.

Previously, Diana worked in the education sector for over 18 years as a Kindergarten Teacher in Victoria and South Australia where she earned a reputation as an innovator in early childhood education.  She was active in an executive capacity in the Association of Graduates in Early Childhood for many years and contributed to early childhood teacher education at Victoria and RMIT universities.  Her quality contributions to the field were recognised in 2004 when Diana was named Victorian Kindergarten Teacher of the Year.

When not at work, Diana is probably developing her furniture making and woodworking skills, a hobby she began in late 2011.  (Haphazardly she posts photos of projects on Instagram @dianaheatherich - if curious)

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

Matt Smith

Digital Communications Producer

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