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 Security: ethnicity, conflict (prevention, analysis, resolution and post-conflict transition), crisis management, and intercultural relations, specialising in Southeast Asian and Pacific affairs.
Personal website: www.drjonathanbogais.org
Merging over three decades as a foreign correspondent and senior analyst (bi-lingual: French/English) working mostly in Southeast Asia, with a background in social sciences (Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology - Paris, Sorbonne, 1984), he has acquired a considerable cross-disciplinary knowledge in areas of conflict, human rights, ethnicity, violence (political and structural), and intercultural relations. He has had an ongoing involvement during this time in international missions investigating and reporting on sectarian conflicts, human rights abuses, internal displacement of people (IDPs), refugee and humanitarian issues, and aid distribution, especially in Southeast Asia, PNG, and the Philippines. He has advised senior diplomats, delegations and participated in conflict resolution negotiations, and in frontline negotiations. He continues to be engaged in these areas. He also lectures in human rights and democracy, and the media.
Jonathan's current focus is on knowledge utilisation. He has a United Nations appointment to investigate knowledge utilisation models, especially in areas of ethnic and sectarian conflicts
Human Security: Knowledge Utilisation in Conflict Prevention.
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 a mandate and funding from a United Nations 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.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND BROADCASTS
In over three decades as foreign correspondent, analyst and strategic adviser, 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. Has reviewed a considerable number of policy documents and contributed in the drafting of strategic material for negotiations at international levels, both in English and French. (.)
- ‘The Conversation’ – 14 October 2013 - “Want a better world? You can’t look at GMOs in isolation.” (Analysis, 1,200 words)
- 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?
- 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 (a project supported by the University of Sydney.) To be released late 2014
RECENT PRESENTATIONS AND SEMINARS
- AIATSIS/ANU National Indigenous Studies Conference 2011. “Young and old: connecting generations (Presentation and workshop)
- Australian Department of Defence (May 2012): Two series of workshops on ethnicity. Audience: defence analysts
- Agence France Press – Singapore (January 2012): Presentation and workshop on the effects of conflicts on ethnic minorities. Audience: media correspondents and analysts
- Australian Department of Defence (February 2013): Workshops on human security (post conflict). Audience: defence analysts
- Department of Sociology and Social Policy, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney (November 2013). Seminar: Human Security – Knowledge Utilisation in Conflict Prevention