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Research Associate & PhD Candidate, Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre, Monash University

John van Kooy is a Research Associate and PhD Candidate in the Migration and Inclusion Centre at Monash University. His research focuses on the neighbourhood conditions of settlement and social inclusion for refugees in Australia. He has published numerous reports and articles on settlement and employment issues for humanitarian migrants. From 2014 to 2017 he was a Research Fellow in the Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, and has been an Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne since 2017.


  • 2017–present
    Research associate, Monash University
  • 2014–2017
    Research fellow, Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • 2007–2013
    Knowledge Management Lead, World Vision International


  • 2007 
    Australian National University, Master of Arts (International Relations)
  • 2005 
    La Trobe University, Bachelor of International Relations


  • 2019
    ‘Surrounded with so much uncertainty’: asylum seekers and manufactured precarity in Australia, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies