Shishir Upadhyaya


Commander Shishir Upadhyaya (Retd) obtained his PhD from the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) of the University of Wollongong (UOW) in 2018. He is a former Indian Naval officer who served in a number of operational, training and staff billets. He served as a surface warfare officer onboard various types of fleet ships including an aircraft carrier, a destroyer and an amphibious vessel, and was also the Commander of the Indian Naval Cadet training ship INS Krishna. During his sea service, he participated in numerous overseas deployments and multinational naval exercises. From 2005 to 2009, he was the Joint Director at the Naval Headquarters, New Delhi and was responsible for coordinating the navy’s foreign cooperation programmes with regional littoral navies. He was awarded the Chief of Naval Staff Commendation Medal for devotion to duty in 2007. From 2009 to 2012 he served as a Research Fellow at the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi, working at the intersection of maritime law, security, technology and trade.

Following his naval tenure, Shishir Upadhyaya worked at IHS Jane’s as the South Asia Manager (Aerospace, Defence and Maritime) for three years where he won the President’s Club Award for professional excellence in 2013. Shishir Upadhyaya holds dual Masters Degrees in Defence and Strategic Studies and Telecommunication, and a PG Diploma in Shipping Management. He attended the Combined Intelligence Research and Analysis Course with the Australian Defence Force in 2007 and is an alumnus of the SEAS Fellowship awarded by the USA Department of State in 2010. He is married to Misha and has two sons. Shishir is a trained Yoga teacher and an avid marathon runner.

PhD Thesis Title: Maritime Security Cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region: Role of the Indian Navy


Dr Chris Rahman, Senior Research Fellow at ANCORS
Dr Sam Bateman, Honorary Professorial Fellow at ANCORS

Research interests:

Maritime security, law of the sea, defence technology, maritime military strategy and doctrine, maritime trade, shipping, international relations, country risk analysis 


Research Papers

‘Maritime Security Cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region: Role of the Indian Navy,’ Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs, Volume 6, Issue 4, October 2014, Routledge/ Taylor and Francis. Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania.

‘Piracy in the Gulf of Aden; Naval Challenges,’ Maritime Affairs, Winter Edition 2010. Vol 6, No 2. Routledge/ Taylor and Francis.


Combating Piracy in the Indian Ocean.’ Manas Publications, New Delhi , 2011. ISBN 978-81-409-6.

Edited Books

Furthering Maritime Connectivity- India and Southeast Asia.’ Matrix Publishers, New Delhi, 2010. ISBN 978-81-910142-6-6.  Co-editor C Uday Bhaskar.

The Aircraft Carrier in the 21st Century’. Knowledge World Publishers, New Delhi, 2010. ISBN 978-93-80502-41-0. Co-editor C Uday Bhaskar.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Maritime Security Challenges in the Indian Ocean Region; Scope for Cooperation Between India and Southeast Asian States.’  Chapter in ‘Furthering Maritime Connectivity- India and Southeast Asia,’ Edited by Uday Bhaskar et al.  Matrix Publishers, New Delhi.  ISBN 978-81-910142-6-6. 

‘Mechanism for Cooperation and Confidence Building in the Indian Ocean Region: An Indian Perspective,’ Chapter in ’Security Challenges along the Indian Ocean Littoral, Indian and US Perspectives,’ edited by C.  Uday Bhaskar et al. Matrix Publishers, New Delhi. ISBN 978-81-910142-7-3.

Media Articles

‘Projecting power ... and politics? Carriers in the Indian Ocean, 11 Feb 2015, Jane's Navy International’

'Milan 2014' - Maritime Security Co-operation and the Indian Ocean Regional Balance. Jane’s Navy International. 13 March 2014.

Coast Control: India’s Coastal Security Post 26/11. Jane’s Defence Weekly. Vol 51. Issue 4. 22 Jan 2014.

Ransom on the High Seas.’ Naval Forces Update by SP Publications, New Delhi. October – November 2010. Volume 5. No. 5.

Security Challenges in the Indian Ocean.’ Indian Ports and Infrastructure. October 2010. Volume 2. Issue 10.

Piracy in the Indian Ocean.’ Geopolitics, November 2010, Volume 1, Issue VII.

Saving our Seafarers’ Geopolitics, April 2011, Volume 1, Issue XII. 

Last reviewed: 9 August, 2018