Professor James Goldrick
Adjunct Professor

Professor James Goldrick

UNSW Canberra
School of Humanities & Social Sciences

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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  • Books | 2018
    2018, After Jutland The Naval War in Northern European Waters, June 1916–November 1918, Naval Institute Press
    Books | 2015
    Goldrick J, 2015, Before Jutland The Naval War in Northern European Waters, August 1914ÐFebruary 1915, Naval Institute Press
    Books | 2012
    Goldrick J; McCaffrie J, 2012, Navies of South-East Asia, Routledge
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    2021, 'Allied Maritime Strategy from an Australian Perspective', in Pawlak J; Peters J (ed.), From the North Atlantic to the South China Sea Allied Maritime Strategy in the 21st Century, Institute for Security Policy, Kiel University, Kiel, pp. 241 - 254
    Book Chapters | 2020
    2020, 'Maritime and Naval Power in the Indo-Pacific', in Medcalf R; Mansted K; Stephan F; Goldrick J (ed.), The Future of the Undersea Deterrent A Global Survey, National Security College, ANU, Canberra, ACT, pp. 5 - 7
    Book Chapters | 2019
    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
    Book Chapters | 2019
    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
    Book Chapters | 2017
    2017, 'India and the Sea', in Rodger NAM; Buchet C (ed.), The Sea in History La Mer Dans L'histoire. The modern world. La période contemporaine, Boydell Press, Woodbridge, UK, pp. 329 - 339
    Book Chapters | 2017
    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
    Book Chapters | 2016
    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
    Book Chapters | 2016
    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
    Book Chapters | 2016
    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
    Book Chapters | 2015
    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
    Book Chapters | 2014
    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
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Goldrick JV, 2012, 'Life at Sea and Ship Organisation', in Hore P (ed.), Dreadnought to Daring, Seaforth Publications, pp. 236 - 253
    Book Chapters | 2012
    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 | 2020
    2020, 'Command: A historical perspective', Journal of Character and Leadership Development, 3, pp. 1 - 14
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'Sovereignty and the Sea: How Indonesia became an archipelagic state', The Mariner's Mirror, 104, pp. 115 - 115,
    Journal articles | 2017
    2017, 'Britain’s Quest for Oil: The First World War and the peace conferences', The Mariner's Mirror, 103, pp. 489 - 490,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Goldrick J, 2014, 'Buying Time: British Submarine Capability in the Far East, 1919-1940', Global War Studies, 11, pp. 33 - 50,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Goldrick JV, 2014, 'Coal and the Advent of the First World War at Sea', War in History, 21(3), pp. 322 - 337,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Goldrick JV, 2014, 'From Fleets to Navies: The Evolution of Dominion Fleets into Independent Navies of the Commonwealth', The Northern Mariner, XXIV, pp. 6 - 31