Dr Jean Jonathan Bogais
Adjunct Associate Professor
A22 - Old Teachers' College
The University of Sydney
Professor Bogais is a sociologist (political sociology and intercultural psychology), a specialist in foreign affairs and a strategic adviser with over three decades of academic and practical experience working in complex environments. His expertise is in violence, conflict and compromise - and ethics and protocols in humanitarian interventions - (especially when ethnicities and religions are key-components.) His area of expertise is Southeast Asia and the west Pacific, with a special focus on Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines. He has served as an analyst, strategic adviser, negotiator, and foreign correspondent and has had ongoing involvement in international missions and peacebuilding initiatives. He continues to be involved in these areas. He advises officials, diplomats, negotiators and strategists in conflict analysis, mediation, ethics and protocols in humanitarian intervention, and program development and evaluation in complex environments.
Professor Bogais is an associate professor (adjunct) in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. He mentors postdoctoral researchers and is a research supervisor (PhDs/Masters). He teaches in various masters degrees, including Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation and Masters of Development Studies. He also delivers short courses in areas of security and development, violence, terrorism, peacebuilding, conflict, negotiation, ethnoculturalism and ethnonationalism in Australia and Europe.
He was awarded a master in intercultural psychology in 1978, and a PhD in sociology in 1984, both from Paris-Sorbonne.
Professor Bogais’ research lies at the intersection of ‘violence, conflict and compromise,’ with a focus on current knowledge translation processes in complex environments. It is concerned with the need to discover, experiment and evaluate new methodologies and protocols to facilitate the process needed to analyse and translate knowledge available from research and on-the-ground evidence to make better use of, or create, new information management systems for decision and policy. It analyses the political, social, cultural and economic conditions in which drivers of change were allowed to enter seemingly non-violent spaces unchallenged - and the processes acting as catalysts for conflicts to develop, re-emerge or worsen. His research challenges the assumption that: “We think we know about violence..” by trying to understand why evidence on the ground often shows that we do not.
At the University of Sydney