Adjunct Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais

Adjunct Assoc. Prof. Jonathan Bogais


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Professor Bogais is a sociologist (political sociology and intercultural psychology), a specialist in foreign affairs (East Asia and West Pacific) and a strategic adviser, with over three decades’ experience both as an academic and a practitioner - often working in difficult environments. His expertise lies with conflict, violence (structural & political), intercultural relations, ethnoculturalism and ethnonationalism, negotiation, peacebuilding, geosecurity, the interconnection between development, security and conflict, ethics and protocols in humanitarian intervention, and media. He has had an on-going involvement during this time in international missions, peacebuilding initiatives, advised senior diplomats and delegations, and participated in conflict resolution negotiations – including complex frontline situations. He continues to be involved in some of these areas.

Professor Bogais teaches in various masters degrees, including Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation and Masters of Development Studies in Australia and overseas. He delivers short courses and mentors postgraduate and PhD students in areas of security and development, peacebuilding, conflict, ethnoculturalism and ethnonationalism, and media – with a focus on East Asia and West Pacific.

He is a current member of the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Sydney (HREC).

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Professor Bogais’ current research area in knowledge utilisation - supported by a United Nations agency - investigates the impact of anxiety and uncertainty on the cognitive mechanisms behind diversity effects on social identity and group threat theories. It explores the extent of this impact on how individuals perceive conflicts with members of other groupings and focuses on ethics and protocols – including “duty of care protocols” - in peacebuilding, negotiation, conflict resolution, and humanitarian interventions. The research is relevant for the disciplines of political sociology, intercultural psychology, developments studies, peacebuilding and conflict resolution.


Overseas Visiting and Expert appointments

  • Visiting Fellow and Senior Adviser (Non-resident): Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington DC
  • Affiliate: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) - WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Berlin
  • Expert (Non-resident): Middle East Institute - Middle East/Asia Project, Washington DC, U.S.
  • Visiting Fellow: Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Dévelopment - Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva


N.B. In over three decades as a senior analyst, foreign correspondent, strategic adviser, and [mostly teaching] academic, Doctor Bogais has produced a considerable number of analysis, background reports, articles and broadcast material covering social, political, cultural and environmental issues – international with an emphasis on Southeast Asia and West Pacific. He has reviewed many policy documents and contributed in the drafting of strategic material for negotiations at international levels. (Bilingual: English and French.) More information on request.

  • 'Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington DC - Asia program - May 2015 - "Beyond the critical juncture: Myanmar's 2015 election in focus".
  • International Business Times’ (New York) – February 2015 – Interview about trade and corruption in Myanmar.
  • ‘Asian Currents’ – Journal of the Asian Studies Association of Australasia’ – February 2015 – “Portrait of a pragmatist” Review of Hun Sen’s Cambodia, by Sebastian Strangio. Yale University Press, 2014. 322pp.
  • WZB Berlin Social Science Centre (Germany) - 22 September 2014 - "Socio-economic disruptions and inequality behind ethnocultural conflicts in Southeast Asia"
  • TV broadcast recording for the "2014 Festival of Democracy" organised by the Sydney Democracy Network at the University of Sydney - 10 October 2014 - "Cambodia: Rampant Corruption - State Endorsed" – (Analysis)
  • ‘Asian Currents’ – Journal of the Asian Studies Association of Australasia’ – June 2014 - "Greed the unseen peril on Myanmar's road to Democracy” – (Analysis)
  • ‘Middle East Institute – Middle East – Asia Project’ (Washington US) – June 2014 - “Democracy without social cohesion cannot exist – The Myanmar challenge” – (Essay)
  • ‘Asian Currents – Journal of the Asian Studies Association of Australasia’ – April 2014 - “Cambodians continue to struggle in an inequitable society” – (Analysis)
  • ‘The Conversation’ – 4 March 2014 - “Asia-Pacific focus will revitalise US hegemony, but at what price?” - (Analysis)
  • ‘ABC News 24 – Afternoon Live” – 24 February 2014 - “ABC's Kim Landers asks Jonathan Bogais to comment live on the discussion between Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and her Cambodian counterpart about sending asylum-seekers to Cambodia.
  • ‘The Conversation’ – 6 January 2014 - “Engaging in Myanmar: Whose interest are we serving?” - (Analysis)
  • ‘The Conversation’ – 15 November 2013 - “US Military-led Humanitarian Intervention in the Philippines: A Message to China.” (Analysis. ‘Best read’ analysis for one week.))
    Reproduced by SBS World News Australia online
  • ‘The Conversation’ – 14 October 2013 - “Want a better world? You can’t look at GMOs in isolation.” (Analysis)
  • SBS World News Australia - 6 September 2013 – Topic: “Sweden has become the first European Union country to announce it will give asylum to all Syrian refugees who apply”
  • SBS World News Australia - 22 August 2013 - Topic: “Myanmar/Burma: This financial year Australia will give $82.8 million to Myanmar in aid. But is the money really helping lift people out of poverty?”
  • SBS World News Australia - 2 August 2013 – Topic: “Cambodian Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy, has demanded an investigation into the results of last Sunday's election results. After almost 30 years in office, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that he was once again re-elected, a claim rejected by Mr. Rainsy”
  • SBS World News Australia - 29 May 2013 – Topic: “Factbox: Who are the Rohingya people?

Social documentaries (Special personal research projects)

  • ITV production for National Geographic – 2006 – “Sahul – First across the ocean” – Position: consulting producer
  • Co-production – 2008 – “Solo, The Andrew McAuley Story” – Winner of the 2009 AFI (Australian Film Institute) Award for best documentary under 1-hour. Position: Consulting producer


  • La Coutume - Règles non-écrites qui régissent l’équilibre social des Kanaks. Éditions Gallimart – 1998
  • Chicka’s Story – The story of the late Aboriginal activist and leader, Charles “Chicka” Dixon Story. To be released mid-2016



  • (January) Presentation and workshop on the effects of conflicts on ethnic and indigenous minorities for Agence France Press (AFP). Audience: news correspondents and analysts. Location: Singapore.
  • (May/June) Australian Department of Defence, Canberra: Two series of workshops on structural violence. Audience: defence analysts.
  • (September) Invited presentation: AIATSIS/Australian National University. National Indigenous Studies Conference 2012. “Young and old: connecting generations (Presentation and workshops).
  • (November) Invited presentation for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. “Sectarian conflicts: Risk assessment and Preventive strategies”.


  • (February) Australian Department of Defence: Workshops on human security (post-conflict). Audience: defence analysts.
  • (March) Invited presentation and workshop: Agence France Press (Global), Paris, France: “Ethics in conflict reporting”. Audience: media correspondents and analysts.
  • (May): Seminar: Department of Sociology and Social Policy, the University of Sydney. “Knowledge utilisation in conflict prevention”.
  • (July): Seminar: Centre for International Security Studies, The University of Sydney. “Myanmar and the rule of law”.
  • (September): Seminar: Centre for International Security Studies, The University of Sydney. “Parrhesia and democracy - civic rights and civil society”.


  • (May): Invited presentation. 24th ASEAN Summit, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. “Background report: ethnocultural situation analysis”.
  • (May) Invited presentation. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, Australia. “Cambodia: the myth behind development”.
  • (September): Invited seminar & meetings: WZB – Berlin Social Science Centre (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung - WZB), Germany - "Socio-economic disruptions and inequality behind ethnocultural conflicts in Southeast Asia".
  • (November) Invited presentation. ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting. Bagan, Myanmar. “Background report”.