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PhD Candidate, School of Social Sciences, Monash University

John van Kooy is a PhD Candidate in the School of Social Sciences 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 and people seeking asylum in Australia. He has worked as a Research and Policy Lead at AMES Australia, 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 since 2017.


  • 2021–present
    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


  • 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