Associate Professor Jean Bogais PhD

Sociologist | Social & Cross-Cultural Psychologist

Director, Systems Innovation Program

The University of Sydney Business School Executive Education - Royal Australian Navy (RAN) / Department of Defence

Profile

Associate Professor Jean Bogais is a Paris-Sorbonne educated sociologist (PhD) and social & cross-cultural psychologist (M.A.) with over 30 years experience as an academic and professional working in spaces of violence. His principal research, teaching and practice interests are ideology & violence, ethics, psycho-sociology of Information Warfare, extremism and complex negotiation, which he explores using a psycho-sociological lens set over complex systems frameworks.

Academic

As an academic, Prof Bogais researches, experiments and evaluates new educational programs to test different ways of thinking. He designs far-reaching education pilot courses that will 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 introduces the knowledge gained through empirical research into the pilot courses he creates (feedback process.)

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..

Practice

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, also working on complex strategic simulations. Over time, he has created methodologies to develop and maintain lines of communication between parties involved in 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 / trains / mentors professionals and academics in this area.


Information Warfare from a socio-phychological lens

Dr Bogais looks at information warfare from a socio-phychological lens to understand identities and behaviours of actors involved or supporting online extremism. He examines the development of violent extremism and terrorist networks connecting the Maghreb to Southeast Asia across Bangladesh and Myanmar. He is an internationally recognised expert in Southeast Asia, especially Myanmar, Cambodia, Phlippine and South China Sea.

Risk classification for rehabilitation programs

Very aware of the importance of rehabilitation, he contributes his academic and professional knowledge and experience to centres and agencies in Asia and Europe exploring new methodologies to classify risk and create, develop and evaluate rehabilitation programs for people at risk of radicalisation, or suspected / convicted of subversive or terrorist activities.

Protecting knowledge is more than an economic or a security paradigm, it is a moral obligation.

In his research 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. To seek to align all the branches of modern knowledge on the basis of mathematics is to subject to the single point of view of objectivity. Knowledge should be represented as a volume of space opened in three dimensions: 1) Mathematical and physical sciences; 2) Sciences (language, life, production and distribition of wealth); 3) Philosophical reflection.

In this century, the value of knowledge will be much greater than the commodities of the past.