Professor Paul James

Position

Honorary Professor

School /
Work Unit

Global, Urban and Social Studies

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 2500

paul.james@rmit.edu.au

Location

Building: 96
Level: 2
Room: 1

City Campus

College/Portfolio

Design & Social Context

"Paul James"

Key activities

Paul James is Director of the Global Cities Institute (RMIT) and Director of the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme. He is Professor of Globalization and Cultural Diversity in the Globalism Research Centre (RMIT), an editor of Arena Journal, and on the Council of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies. He has received a number of awards including the Japan-Australia Foundation Fellowship, an Australian Research Council Fellowship, and the Crisp Medal by the Australasian Political Studies Association for the best book in the field of political studies. Invitations have been received to deliver addresses in more than twenty different countries including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel-Palestine, Japan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Taiwan and the United States. He is author or editor of twenty-four books including, Nation Formation: Towards a Theory of Abstract Community (Sage, 1996) and Globalism, Nationalism Tribalism: Bringing Theory Back In (Sage, 2006) and the first twelve volumes of a projected sixteen-volume series mapping the field of globalization (Sage, 2006, 2007). He has been an advisor to a number of agencies and governments including the Helsinki Process, the Canadian Prime Minister G20 Forum (2004), the National Economic Advisory Council of Malaysia, and the Commission on Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor. His work for the Papua New Guinea Minister for Community Development became the basis for their Integrated Community Development Policy (2004–09).

Responsibilities

  • Director of the Global Cities Institute, RMIT (2006-present)
  • Director of the United Nations Global Compact, Cities Programme (2007–present)
  • Director of the Globalism Research Centre, RMIT (2002-2007)

Professional interests and links to industry

  • Co-editor, Arena Journal (1986-present)
  • Co-editor, International Journal of Organizations, Communities and Nations (2003-present)
  • Member of nine other international editorial boards including the European Journal of Social Theory (Sage, London), Globalizations (Routledge, London); the International Journal of the Humanities (Common Ground); Postcolonial Studies (Taylor and Francis); and Global Governance (Lynne Rienner, Boulder)
  • Member of the International Steering Committee for the Globalization Studies Network: A Global Consortium of Research and Education Institutes (2003-present)
  • President of Spire, Australia (2008–present).
  • Member of the International Advisory Group to the Global Reconciliation Network (2003-present)
  • Member of the G20 Advisory Group to the Canadian Prime Minister (2004)
  • Collaborating Advisor to the Minister for Community Development of Papua New Guinea (2004-present); including contributing to drafting the Minister’s New Policy Document, 2004 and the Corporate Plan for 2004-07 and 2005-07
  • An invited contributor to the work of the Commission on Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor, CAVR (2004)
  • Member of the Board of the International Management Committee, Sanjiang University, China, (2004-present)
  • Member of the Council of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, Melbourne (1996-present)
  • Member of the External Advisory Board, Transforming Cultures Centre, University of Technology, Sydney (2003-present)
  • Member of the International Advisory Board, Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University (2003-present)
  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the School of International Studies, University of South Australia (2006-present)

Research and scholarship

Research interests

  • Globalism, nationalism and localism, including the changing nature of the nation-state and the effects of an emergent level of global integration
  • Social theory with a concentration on theories of culture and social formation
  • Contemporary politics with an emphasis on debates over social change

See the following websites for details of current research projects:

Books

  • Globalization and Culture: Vol. 1, Globalizing Communications (editor with John Tulloch), Sage Publications, London, 2010, 352pp. + xlvi (ISBN 978 1 4129 1953 1)
  • Globalization and Culture: Vol. 2, Globalizing Religions (editor with Peter Mandaville), Sage Publications, London, 2010, 367pp. + xxxi (ISBN 978 1 4129 1953 1)
  • Globalization and Culture: Vol. 3, Global-Local Consumption (editor with Imre Szeman), Sage Publications, London, 2010, 353pp. + xxix (ISBN 978 1 4129 1953 1)
  • Globalization and Culture: Vol. 4, Ideologies of Globalism (editor with Manfred B. Steger), Sage Publications, London, 2010, pp.432 + xxxi (ISBN 978 1 4129 1953 1)
  • Being Arab: Arabism and the Politics of Recognition (editor with Christopher Wise), Arena Publications, Melbourne, 2010, 265pp. + iv (ISBN 978 0 9804 1581 0)
  • Rethinking Security, War and Violence: Beyond Savage Globalization? (editor with Damian Grenfell), Routledge, London, 2008, xi+233pp. (ISBN 0 415 43227 80)
  • Nationalism and Global Solidarities: Alternative Projections to Neoliberal Globalisation (editor with James Goodman), Routledge, London, 2007, x+214pp. (ISBN 0 415 38504 0)
  • Globalization and Economy: Vol. 1, Global Markets and Capitalism (editor with Barry Gills), Sage Publications, London, 2007, xlvi + 416pp. (ISBN 978 1 4129 1952 4)
  • Globalization and Economy: Vol. 2, Global Finance and the New Global Economy (editor with Heikki Patomäki), Sage Publications, London, 2007, xxxiii + 422pp. (ISBN 978 1 4129 1952 4)
  • Globalization and Economy: Vol. 3, Global Economic Regimes and Institutions (editor with Ronen Palan), Sage Publications, London, 2007, xxxi + 421pp. (ISBN 978 1 4129 1952 4)
  • Globalization and Economy: Vol. 4, Globalizing Labour (editor with Robert O’Brien), Sage Publications, London, 2007, xxxiv + 422pp. (ISBN 978 1 4129 1952 4)
  • Globalism, Nationalism Tribalism: Bringing Theory Back In, Sage Publications, London, 2006, xiv+369pp. (ISBN 0 7619 5513 hb 0 7619 5414 3 pb)
  • Globalization and Violence: Vol. 1, Globalizing Empires, Old and New (editor with Tom Nairn), Sage Publications, London, 2006, xlix+368pp. (ISBN 1 4129 1954 1)
  • Globalization and Violence: Vol. 2, Colonial and Postcolonial Globalizations (editor with Phillip Darby), Sage Publications, London, 2006, xxxi+453pp. (ISBN 1 4129 1954 1)
  • Globalization and Violence: Vol. 3, Globalizing War and Intervention (editor with Jonathan Friedman), Sage Publications, London, 2006, xxxii+359pp. (ISBN 1 4129 1954 1)
  • Globalization and Violence: Vol. 4, Transnational Conflict (editor with R.R. Sharma), Sage Publications, London, 2006, xxxiv+456pp. (ISBN 1 4129 1954 1)
  • Global Matrix: Nationalism, Globalism and State-Terrorism, (co-author with Tom Nairn), Pluto Press, London and New York, 2005, 316pp. (ISBN 0 7453 2290 5 hb, 0 7453 2291 3 pb)
  • Tour of Duty: Winning Hearts and Minds in East Timor (with photographs by Matthew Sleeth), Hardie Grant Publishing, Melbourne, 2002, 114pp. ( ISBN 0 9579553 1 6 hb, 1 74064 066 7 pb )
  • Burning Down the House: Bonfire of the Universities (editor), Association for the Public University with Arena Publications, Melbourne, 2000, 64 pp. (ISBN 0 9598181 5 4)
  • Work of the Future: Global Perspectives (co-editor with Walter Veit and Steve Wright), Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1997, xviii + 349 pp. (ISBN 1 86448 447 0)
  • Nation Formation: Towards a Theory of Abstract Community, Sage, London, 1996, xv + 237 pp. (ISBN 0 7619 5072 9 hb, 0 7619 5073 7 pb). Winner of the 1996 Crisp Medal for Political Studies, Australasia
  • The State in Question: Transformations of the Australian State (editor), Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1996, x + 261 pp. (ISBN 1 86373 673 5)
  • Critical Politics: From the Personal to the Global (editor), Arena Publications, Melbourne, 1994, vi + 174 pp. (ISBN 0 9598181 4 6)
  • Technocratic Dreaming: Of Very Fast Trains and Japanese Designer Cities (editor), Left Book Club, Melbourne, 1990, 240 pp. (ISBN 1 875285 03 2)