Research Stream

Paul James

Paul James is Professor of Globalisation and Cultural Diversity at the Western Sydney University where he is Director of the Institute for Culture and Society. He is Scientific Advisor to the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection, Berlin, and a Metropolis Ambassador of Urban Innovation. His work on emotions is part of a larger project call 'Circles of Social Life'. He was an Associate Investigator of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions in 2012 and 2017.

He is an editor of Arena Journal and author or editor of 35 books including Nation Formation (Sage, 1996) and Globalism, Nationalism, Tribalism (Sage, 2006). He has been an advisor to a number of agencies and governments including the Helsinki Process, the Canadian Prime Minister’s G20 Forum, 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. From 2007 to 2014 he was Director of the United Nations agency, the Global Compact Cities Programme.

Western Sydney University Staff Profile


Figures of Emotion: A Global History of the Face
Circles of Emotion
Circles of Social Life

Selected Publications

James, P. ‘Creating Capacities for Human Flourishing: An Alternative Approach to Human Development’. In Cultures of Sustainability and Wellbeing: Theories, Histories, Policies, edited by Paola Spinozzi and Mazzanti Massimiliano. London: Routledge, 2018.

Ames, S., I. Barns, J. Hinkson, P. James, G. Preece and G. Sharp. Religion in a Secular Age: The Struggle for Meaning in an Abstracted World.  North Carlton: Arena Publications, 2018.

James, P. ‘Emotional Ambivalence across Times and Spaces: Mapping Petrarch’s Intersecting Worlds’. Exemplaria 26.1 (2014): 81–104.

James, P. Globalism, Nationalism, Tribalism: Bringing Theory Back In—Towards a Theory of Abstract Community Vol. II. London: Sage Publications, 2006.