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).