Helen James is an associate professor (Adjunct) with the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, and a Visiting Fellow with the Department of Anthropology, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, both at The Australian National University.
She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Center of International Studies, Cambridge University (2003-2004, 2007) and Clare Hall where she is also a Life Member. She has also been a Visiting Fellow with the Swedish International Peace Research Institute, Stockholm, and the East West Center, Hawai’i.
Dr James was previously Executive Director of the Asia Research and Development Institute and Director of the Thai/Myanmar Studies Centre, University of Canberra (1995-2000). She has lectured at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Thammasat and Chulalongkorn Universities, Bangkok (1967-1980) where she was a Visiting Professor. Her research and publication interests include the history, politics and international relations of Southeast Asia, especially Myanmar and Thailand, with particular attention to the politics of religion, civil society, human security and human rights, governance and sustainable development, and the politics of development, international aid and health.
Helen James recent publications include Civil Society, Religion and Global Governance: Paradigms of Power and Persuasion (London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2007); Security and Sustainable Development in Myanmar (London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2006); Governance and Civil Society in Myanmar: Education, Health and Environment (London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2005), besides scores of journal articles. She is currently writing a book on “Civil Disobedience and Citizenship”.