Associate Professor Jean Bogais is a Paris-Sorbonne educated sociologist (PhD) and social and intercultural psychologist (M.A.) with over 30 years experience as an academic and professional working in spaces of violence. His principal research interests are Violence, Information Warfare, Counter-Terrorism and Applied Ethics, which he explores using a psycho-sociological lens set over complex systems frameworks.
As an academic (Education-Focused), he investigates how "new" education can introduce different ways of thinking by creating, developing, testing and evaluating pilot programs to benefit future education for academic, students and professionals, connecting academia, industry, military and global agencies. As a strategic analyst and advisor, he prepares critical assessments and advises government officials, military and security agencies at the highest levels, also working on complex strategic simulations.
Prof Bogais is an international recognised specialist in Southeast Asia, especially Myanmar, Cambodia, Philippine and South China Sea. He examines the development of violent extremism and terrorism networks connecting the Maghreb to SEAsia across Bangladesh and Myanmar. He looks at information warfare from a socio-phychological lens to understand online violent extremism. Acutely aware of the importance of terrorist rehabilitation, he contributes his academic and professional knowledge and experience to centres and agencies in Asia and Europe exploring new mechanisms to classify risk and create, develop and assess rehabilitation programs. He introduces the knowledge gained through the critical assessments that emerge from his (and colleagues) empirical work into the pilot courses he design (feedback process.) Complex systems and Dynamic Modelling are the overarching elements connecting all aspects of his teaching and professional work. Over time, Prof Bogais has created methodologies to develop and maintain lines of communication between parties involved in negotiation processes during conflict. His experience is going back to his involvement as a psycho-sociologist (special adviser to the UN) during the negotiations of the Paris Peace Agreement to end the conflict in Cambodia (1991). He educates / trains professionals in this area and mentors academics.