John van Kooy

Research Fellow

Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants

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.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology), Monash University
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne
  • Master of Arts (International Relations and Affairs), Australian National University
  • Bachelor of International Relations, La Trobe University