Adjunct Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais
(61) 2 9036 9186 – (61) 438 724546
Professor Jonathan Bogais is an analyst, social scientist, and strategic adviser in human rights, ethnicity, and conflict analysis and resolution issues. His main focus is on knowledge utilisation. He advises and lectures on Southeast Asian and Pacific affairs.
Personal website: www.drjonathanbogais.org
Merging over three decades as a bi-lingual foreign correspondent (French/English) with a background in social sciences (Doctor of Philosophy, sociology - Paris, Sorbonne, 1984), and a long-standing interest in human rights, ethnicity, culture, identity, conflict and violence, Dr Jonathan Bogais offers a considerable experience in information gathering, analysis, conflict analysis and resolution, relationship building, strategic engagement, training, and negotiating, while operating in multi-ethnic and multinational environments, often in conflict situations. His areas of expertise are Southeast Asia and Pacific. By uniting disciplines and using empirical data gathered on the field, he focuses now on conflict analysis and resolution, engagement, violence: political and structural, inclusion and exclusion in ethnic, religious, intercultural and cross-cultural relationships, and the ways in which common ground can be reached to understand and address differences. He has a special interest in Southeast Asian and Pacific affairs, and in indigenous issues.
Reconciling the current model of engagement in Southeast Asia with ethnic and religious differences and their effects on the mid to long-term social and political stability in the region is critical to strategists, policy-makers and negotiators.
Dr Bogais has received funding from a United Nations-related agency to develop a knowledge utilisation project aiming at building a bridge between research and the information needs expressed by strategists, policy-makers and negotiators. This project is multidisciplinary. It includes extensive regional consultations, investigation of existing research, investigation of past and current models and strategies, setting criteria for new research, the creation of a comprehensive model for analysis and reporting, as well as investigating new communications strategies. The project looks especially at issues of political and structural violence, conflict, internal displacement of people (IDPs), forced migrations, land and sea rights, and effects on cultural identity. It investigates the effects of conflicts on ethnic minorities, and the place held by ethnic and religious minorities in conflict environment.
- La Coutume - Règles non-écrites qui régissent l’équilibre social des Kanaks. Éditions Gallimart - 1998
Book in progress
- The Charles “Chicka” Dixon Story – The story of the late Australian Aboriginal leader and activist Charles “Chicka” Dixon. Details at http://www.drjonathanbogais.org/page5/page3/index.html
Background reports, broadcasts and articles
In over three decades as foreign correspondent, analyst and strategic adviser, Dr Bogais has produced hundreds of background reports, articles and broadcast material covering social, political, cultural and environmental issues – international with an emphasis on Southeast Asia and Pacific. He has reviewed a considerable number of policy documents and contributed in the drafting of strategic material for negotiation at international levels.
Latest presentations and workshops
- Seminar addressing issues of ethnicity in conflict for media analysts and correspondents: Agence France Presse (Global broadcast).
- Panel member in a global debate addressing issues of knowledge utilisation and ethics in research in social documentary-making: Sponsored by National Geographic International.
- Seminar and workshop: “Fluidity in ethnic relations – Cross-ethnic relationships in conflict”: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
- Series of workshops addressing issues of ethnicity in conflict analysis and resolution: Department of Defence.
- AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference 2011. “Young and Old – Connecting Generations” Australian National University, Canberra. Presentation and workshop investigating how word manipulation can change the face of history.