Research Fellow, Research & Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Honorary Researcher, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne

John van Kooy is a Research Fellow in the Research & Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. He joined the Work & Economic Security team in 2014.

His work seeks to understand effective policies and programs that support the economic participation of disadvantaged job seekers—particularly people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Such efforts include both supply and demand-side approaches that provide assistance to job seekers, and work with employers to make work practices more inclusive.

John has a background in international aid and development, having worked for World Vision International as Knowledge Management Lead, supporting urban community development projects across Asia and Africa. John also previously worked as a campaign Research Analyst at United Voice Victoria.

He is currently an Honorary Researcher with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne.


  • 2014–present
    PhD Candidate, RMIT University
  • 2014–present
    Research Fellow, Brotherhood of St Laurence


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