Uniting professional experience with research

UNSW Canberra Academics Involved: 
Professor James Goldrick

Rear Admiral James Goldrick has experienced sea service around the globe. He commanded HMAS ships Cessnock and Sydney (twice) and headed up the Australian Surface Task Group, the multinational maritime interception force in the Persian Gulf in 2002, and Australia’s inter-agency Border Protection Command from 2006-2008. Other commands included the Australian Defence Force Academy (twice – 2003-2006 and 2011-2012), and the Australian Defence College (2008-2011).  

With research interests that currently include naval and maritime strategic issues and the development of naval capabilities in the Indo-Pacific, Goldrick has also, over several decades, developed a deep knowledge of world navies in the 20th and 21st centuries. His focus in this area has been on responses of various navies to changing technologies and operational challenges.  

Now an Adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Goldrick has authored several books, including:

  • No Easy Answers: The Development of the Navies of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
  • Before Jutland: The Naval War in Northern European Waters August 1914-February 1915 – winner of the Anderson medal of the Society of Nautical Research
  • Navies of South-East Asia: A Comparative Study (with Jack McCaffrie)
  • After Jutland: The Naval War in Northern European Waters June 1916-November 1918  

Goldrick’s talents and knowledge are in demand from several educational and research institutions. He’s a Fellow of the Society for Nautical Research, an Adjunct Professor in the SDSC at the Australian National University and a Professorial Fellow of the Australian Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong.