Jean Bogais PhD, Associate Professor

Sociologist - Social & Cross-Cultural Psychologist

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Associate Professor Jean Bogais is a Paris-Sorbonne educated Sociologist (PhD) and Social & Cross-Cultural Psychologist with over 35-years-experience as an academic and professional working in spaces of violence. His principal research, teaching and practice interests are (Behavioural) Ethics, Systems Thinking, Ideology, Violence, Extremism, Mediation. He is an internationally recognised expert on Southeast Asia and South China Sea.

Prof Bogais designs, teaches and evaluates experimental education programs to test different ways of thinking in executive education to help military and civilian specialists incorporate ethics into their interaction with sophisticated hardware, some of it co-driven by artificial intelligence (AI) able to make independent decisions. These programs are founded in the view that there is a critical social element in every human interaction with info-technology. He teaches behavioural ethics and systems thinking at all levels of Defence, Government and Business. Representatives from Foreign Affairs (Australia and regional), Navy, Army, Police, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism agencies are usually core participants in his programs. He also runs courses for INGOs personnel and internatioonal investigators. Prof Bogais introduces “real-life” cases based on his own empirical work into the classroom and designs complex strategic simulations as part of the programs.

He acts as an expert for tribunals (national and international.) Over time, he has created methodologies to develop and maintain lines of communication between parties involved in complex negotiation processes during conflict. His experience goes 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).

Prof Bogais is Director of the “Systems Thinking, (Behavioural) Ethics and Innovation” Program at The University of Sydney Business School, Executive Education.

All his work is bilingual (English/French).

Systems Thinking

STJB2.jpg Systems thinking is the process of creating the appropriate coordination and collaboration options for complex systems and networks to influence or control outcomes while taking account of environments, ecologies, configurations and constraints. It is the process of understanding how things influence one another within a whole. In nature, systems thinking examples include ecosystems in which various elements such as air, water, movement, plants, and animals work together to survive or perish. Dr Bogais applies systems thinking to the understanding of the psycho-sociology of Information Warfare.

Humans in control of AI-based systems must undertake ethics education to gain an understanding of the social elements of their interaction with the technology.

Violent Extremism and the Environment

JBogais_NTS_2019_1 copy.jpg Dr Bogais looks at Terrorism and the Environment from a socio-psychological lens to understand identities and behaviours of future actors and networks supporting terrorism in enviromental spaces.

Protecting knowledge is a moral responsibility

In his research, teaching and practice, Dr Bogais connects knowledge with identity. Knowledge is defined by epistemology which is a branch of philosophy that discusses the nature, limits and scope of knowledge, addressing important questions such as 'What is knowledge?' "What is a truth" or "How do we acquire knowledge?' It relates to the state of being. Knowledge is an integral element of identity and has been since the origin of mankind.

German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976)'s work on "Being" informed us in the 1930s about an uncertain future that would culminate in a critical juncture such as that the world is experiencing with the Covid-19 crisis. Reflecting on his philosophy helps us understand the present and the alternatives futures lying ahead of us.


Prof Bogais will be delivering a special session on "Behavioural Ethics", at the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham) 2020 Academy. AmCham program.png