Jean (Jonathan) Bogais

Associate Professor (Adjunct), School of Social and Political Sciences - Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney

Professor Jean Bogais is a Paris-Sorbonne educated sociologist (PhD) and social & intercultural psychologist (M.A.). His principal interest is socio-ethics and their applications in spaces of violence, conflict, negotiations and civil/military humanitarian interventions. He has prepared critical assessments and advised governments and military agencies at the highest level, especially in relation to Southeast Asia and North Africa for over 30 years. He served as a practitioner and academic and has had ongoing involvement in strategic assessments, conflict resolution initiatives, front-line negotiations and international missions. Among many complex assignments, he served as a UN special advisor in the negotiations of the (Paris) Peace Agreement in Cambodia (1987-91.) He is a recognised specialist in Southeast Asian affairs, especially Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippine and the South China Sea.

Applying complex systems to strategic analysis and decision-making/taking, he has considerable experience in building networks that can identify and manage uncertainty/instability to introduce change over time. He designs dynamic models and experimentation/simulation programmes introducing socio-ethics in technological spaces.

Professor Bogais is attached to the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia. He teaches and supervises students in ethics-related subjects at University of Sydney, German-Southeast Asian Centre of Excellence (Bangkok) and University of Paris Sorbonne. He also delivers talks on socio-ethics to industry and (I)NGOs specialists around the world. He holds an Senior Associate / Adviser appointment with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CISS), Washington DC, U.S. He is the co-founder of SARN (Strategic Assessment Research Network.)

He was awarded a Master in Social & Intercultural Psychology in 1978 and a PhD in Sociology in 1984, both from Paris-Sorbonne. He practises from Sydney, Bangkok and Paris.


  • –present
    Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney