Dr James Gomez
BA, BSocSci (Hons) National University of Singapore, MA (University of Essex, UK), PhD (Monash)
Deputy Associate Dean (International) and Head of Public Relations
Member, Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA)
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James Gomez has over 15 years of international experience as a policy and communications specialist in inter-governmental agencies and non-governmental organisations. He brings a global orientation to education, research and service at Monash having worked in different research and teaching institutions in Australia, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Sweden and United Kingdom. In his role as Deputy Associate Dean (International), James is involved in the strategic planning and travel aimed at attracting research students (MPhil/PhD) to the Arts Faculty. As Head of the School's Public Relations program, he is responsible for leading and designing an internationally oriented public relations curriculum for students at Monash.
Before joining Monash, James was Visiting Scholar, Department of Political Science, at Keio University, Japan (2008-9). Prior to that, from 2006 to 2008, he was Programme Officer at International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Stockholm Sweden. He was Regional Research and Communications Manager with the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung - a German political foundation - based in Thailand from 2001-2006 and in Singapore between 1996-2000.
James Gomez has a broad range of research interests which include the use of new media such as the internet for citizen journalism, advocacy campaigns, policy communication, public relations and its relationship with democracy and human rights. Beginning with a focus on Singapore, James has expanded his research to include countries in the East and Southeast Asian region.
Current research projects
- “New Media and Democracy in Malaysia and Singapore: Comparative Case Studies” (HUMCASS Research Project 2010-2011)
- Crisis and Risk Communications in Asia (Berwick Campus Research Grant Project 2011)
New Media and Human Rights in Southeast Asia Routledge, 2011(co-edited)
- “Social Media and Opposition Parties: Networking for Singapore’s General Elections”, refeered conference paper, 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia 2010, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, 4-9 July, 2010.
- “New Media and General Elections: Citizen Journalism in Singapore and Malaysia”, forthcoming chapter in a book. (co-authored)
Articles in journals
- Politics and Identity: Framing Racial Discrimination in Singapore, (2010) Copenhagen Journal of Asia Studies, Volume 28, No 2.
- Politics and Identity: Negotiating Power and Space in Asia, (2010) Copenhagen Journal of Asia Studies, Volume 28, No 2. (co-authored)
- Democracy Promotion in Asia: Emerging Policy Issues, Keio Journal of Politics, Vol 14/2009, Keio University Press, Japan
- Online Opposition in Singapore: Communications Outreach Without Electoral Gain, (2008) Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol.38, No.4
- Political Parties in South Asia: The Challenge for Change (2007), International IDEA, Stockholm, Sweden. (co-contributor)
- Sorpong Peou, Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific: Theory and Practice (forthcoming 2010)
- Jonathan Woodier, The Media and Political Change in Southeast Asia, Edward Elgar Publishers (2008)
Over the years James has brought his research and field experience into the classroom, in various capacities, at the undergraduate level at National University of Singapore (1996) and for the Masters in Asia-Pacific Studies for the University of Leeds’ (1998) distance learning course in Singapore. Additionally he has taught a Masters level course at Thammasat University (2002-2004) and guest lectured at various times at Mahidol University, Thailand (2002-2009). In 2009, he designed and delivered a Masters level course “New Media and Political Culture” at Tsukuba University in Japan. At Monash, James teaches the following units:
- COM 4207 – Strategic Communications
- PRJ 3231 – Public Relations Consulting
- PRJ 3261 – Public Relations Campaigns
- PRJ 2252 – Crisis and Risk Communications
Expert Media Commentary
- How to propel a book to bestseller status, The Malaysian Insider, 21 October 2010
- Singapore's local media to go to the polls next elections, The Malaysian Insider, 6 October 2010
- Singapore's reputation on the line as British author fights on, Guardian, 30 July 2010
- British author runs foul of censors in Singapore, Radio Australia, 20 July 2010
- The state of new media in Singapore, Radio Australia, 15 June 2010
- Why Myanmar's elections will work, Asia Times Online, 26 July 2009
- New strategies for 'democratizing' China, Asia Times Online, 21 August 2008
James is fully accredited as a Research Supervisor by the Monash Research Graduate School. He also serves as an independent panel member on PhD confirmation committees. His supervision topics include Asia, Communication and Media Studies, Journalism, International Development, International Relations and Politics, New Technologies, Public Relations, Terrorism.
Fellowships and memberships
James has done short-term research fellowships at the Baptist University of Hong Kong (2002) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing, 2005). In 2008, he was awarded the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy’s Human Rights and Service Fellowship to undertake research at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan (2008). He sits on the editorial board of Asia Rights, (Online Journal of Human Rights), the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University.
James has undertaken consultancy projects for the inter-governmental agencies International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and international non-governmental organisations such as International Republican Institute and Article 19 and consulting firms Ergo Advisors and Gerson Lehrman Group to name a few.
For his use of the Internet for political communication and mobilizing people, James was identified separately at various times in 2001 as one of "Asia's 50 most powerful communicators" by Asiaweek, "An Asian Trailblazer" by Newsweek and an "Asian Making a Difference" by the Far Eastern Economic Review. He has been involved in the communications and web strategies of the organisations that he has worked in. James continues to be active in civil and political society in Singapore and in the East and Southeast Asian region. He is a frequent commentator on political and media developments in Singapore and the Southeast Asian region by way of wide ranging interviews presented to local, regional and international print and broadcast media.