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John van Kooy

Research Fellow, Monash University

Dr John van Kooy joined the Institute in February 2023 and works in the Longitudinal and Lifecourse area, conducting research and analysis of the Building a New Life in Australia study.

John is a social researcher, policy analyst, and evaluation practitioner with over 15 years of experience working in communities across Australia, Southeast Asia, and East Africa. He has previously worked for the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute, Welcoming Australia, AMES Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, and World Vision International.

John completed a PhD with the Migration and Inclusion Centre at Monash University in 2022. His dissertation focused on the neighbourhood conditions for refugee settlement in Australia, using BNLA data to examine the relationships between social connections and the ’three Es’ of employment, education, and English language. He has published numerous reports and articles on issues of settlement, integration, inclusion and participation of migrants and refugees.


  • 2023–present
    Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • 2022–2023
    Senior Research Analyst, Scanlon Foundation Research Institute
  • 2021–2022
    Senior Technical Advisor, Research and Evaluation, ARC Justice
  • 2019–2021
    Research and Policy Lead, AMES Australia
  • 2018–2019
    Research Associate, Monash University
  • 2014–2017
    Research Fellow, Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • 2007–2013
    Knowledge Management Lead, World Vision International


  • 2022 
    Monash University, PhD (Arts)
  • 2007 
    Australian National University, Master of Arts (International Relations)
  • 2005 
    La Trobe University, Bachelor of International Relations


  • 2021
    'Boat People' and Discursive Bordering: Australian Parliamentary Discourses on Asylum Seekers, 1977-2013, Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees
  • 2020
    ‘Now I'm just like anyone else in the community’: Work, welfare, and community expectations of refugees in Australia, Journal of Refugee Studies
  • 2019
    ‘Surrounded with so much uncertainty’: asylum seekers and manufactured precarity in Australia, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies