Professor James Goldrick

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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James Goldrick AO, CSC is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He joined the Royal Australian Navy as a 15 year old Cadet-Midshipman in 1974 and retired in 2012. He is a graduate of the RAN College, the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, the University of NSW (BA) and the University of New England (Master of Letters). He commanded HMA Ships Cessnock and Sydney (twice), the RAN task group and the multinational maritime interception force in the Persian Gulf (2002) and the Australian Defence Force Academy (2003-2006). As a Rear Admiral, he led Australia’s Border Protection Command (2006-2008) and then commanded the Australian Defence College (2008-2011). August 2011 to March 2012 saw him acting in command of ADFA again.He is currently a Visiting Fellow of the Sea Power Centre-Australia, a Visiting Fellow of the Lowy Institute and a Professorial Fellow of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong. He was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford in the first half of 2015.

James Goldrick has contributed to many international journals and books on both historical and contemporary naval subjects. His research interests include naval and maritime strategic issues and the development of naval capabilities in the Indo-Pacific, as well as world navies in the twentieth and twenty first centuries, with a focus on their response to changing technologies and operational challenges.

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Goldrick JV, 2018, After Jutland The Naval War in Northern European Waters, June 1916–November 1918, Naval Institute Press

Goldrick J, 2015, Before Jutland The Naval War in Northern European Waters, August 1914ÐFebruary 1915, Naval Institute Press

Goldrick J; McCaffrie J, 2012, Navies of South-East Asia, Routledge

Book Chapters

Goldrick J, 2019, 'All Should be ‘A’ Teams: The Development of Group Anti-Submarine Escort Training in the British and Canadian Navies During the Atlantic Campaign', in Faulkner M; Bell CM (ed.), Decision in the Atlantic: The Allies and the Longest Campaign of the Second World War, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, pp. 150 - 168

Goldrick J, 2019, 'Buying Time: British Submarine Capability in the Far East, 1919-1940', in Faulkner M; Patalano A (ed.), The Sea and the Second World War: Maritime Aspects of a Global Conflict, Andarta Books, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, pp. 8 - 24

Goldrick J, 2017, 'Learning to Fight On, Above and Below the Water: Operational Challenges of the Royal Navy, 1914-1916', in Epkenhans M; Huck S (ed.), Der Erste Weltkrieg Zur See, Walter de Gruyter, pp. 41 - 48

Goldrick J, 2016, 'History and Navies: Defining a Dialogue', in Rodger NAM; Dancy JR; Darnell B; Wilson E (ed.), Strategy and the Sea Essays in Honour of John B. Hattendorf, Boydell & Brewer, pp. 236 - 241

Goldrick J, 2016, 'The Impact of War: Matching Expectation with Reality in the Royal Navy in the First Months of World War I at Sea', in Epkenhans M; Hillmann J; Nagler F (ed.), Jutland: World War I's Greatest Naval Battle, The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, pp. 63 - 77

Goldrick J, 2016, 'How it worked: understanding the interaction of some environmental and technological realities of naval operations in the opening years of the First World War, 1914-1916', in Kennedy G (ed.), Britain's War at Sea, 1914-1918, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, UK, pp. 127 - 148

Goldrick JV, 2015, 'A Strategic Commander's Perspective', in Investigating Operational Incidents in a Military Context: Law, Justice, Politics, edn. International Humanitarian Law, Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 21 - 29

Goldrick JV, 2014, 'The Evolution of the ADF into a Joint Force', in Dean PJ; Fruehling S; Taylor B (ed.), Australia's Defence: Towards a New Era?, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Victoria, pp. 237 - 256

Goldrick JV, 2012, 'Life at Sea and Ship Organisation', in Hore P (ed.), Dreadnought to Daring, Seaforth Publications, pp. 236 - 253

Goldrick JV, 2012, 'The Founders', in Hore P (ed.), Dreadnought to Daring: 100 Years of Comment, Controversy and Debate in The Naval Review, Seaforth Publications, pp. 1 - 17

Journal articles

Goldrick J, 2014, 'Buying Time: British Submarine Capability in the Far East, 1919-1940', Global War Studies, vol. 11, pp. 33 - 50,

Goldrick JV, 2014, 'From Fleets to Navies: The Evolution of Dominion Fleets into Independent Navies of the Commonwealth', The Northern Mariner, vol. XXIV, pp. 6 - 31

Goldrick JV, 2014, 'Coal and the Advent of the First World War at Sea', War in History, vol. 21(3), pp. 322 - 337,