Jean Bogais PhD, Associate Professor

Sociologist - Social & Cross-Cultural Psychologist

Photo by Jean Bogais


Dr 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 ideology and violence, ethics and behaviour, systems thinking, mediation.


Prof Bogais designs, teaches and evaluates experimental education programs to test different ways of thinking in executive education to help civilian and military 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 designs and conducts workshops to apply these concepts to the understanding of behaviour in social, business and international relations settings. He brings practical experience and real cases into the classroom. He is Director of the Systems Thinking, Ethics and Innovation Program at The university of Sydney Business School (Executive Education.) Dr Bogais also designs and teaches educational programs to help participants to dynamically model the "psycho-Social spaces" of future terrorists (actors and networks) for whom the Environment will become the new battlefields.


In his practice as strategic analyst and advisor, Dr Bogais prepares critical assessments and advises government officials, military and security agencies at the highest levels. Over time, he has created methodologies to develop and maintain lines of communication between parties involved in complex (front-line) mediation and 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). He educates and mentors professionals and academics in this area.

All his work is bilingual (English/French).

He is an internationally recognised expert in Southeast Asia, especially Myanmar, Cambodia, Philippines and South China Sea.

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.

Terrorism 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.

IMG_3128.jpeg 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 ofus.