Pilar Rioseco

Program Lead | Building a New Life in Australia

Longitudinal Research

Dr Pilar Rioseco is the Program Lead of the Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants (BNLA) and has been involved with the study since 2016.

A psychologist and demographer, Pilar has a particular interest in the design, implementation, and analysis of longitudinal studies. Pilar’s research has focused on understanding the health and wellbeing of different populations from a life course perspective, including children and young people, humanitarian migrants, older adults and military families. Pilar has extensive experience in the analysis of large-scale longitudinal studies, including the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA), the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), and the Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA).

More recently, Pilar managed the design and implementation of Wave 6 (2023) of the BNLA, marking the 10th year of BNLA participants’ settlement journey in Australia. Pilar has several publications using the BNLA data and has presented these findings at national and international conferences. Pilar is also involved in the evaluation of the Community Refugee Integration and Settlement Pilot (CRISP), a collaborative project, led by the University of Queensland, for the Department of Home Affairs.

Pilar previously worked as a researcher on the Social Networks and Ageing Project (SNAP) at the School of Demography, The Australian National University, and in the Flinders Centre for Ageing Research, Flinders University. Her work on these projects included investigating associations between social networks and successful ageing. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University
  • Master of Social Research, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Universidad Católica de Chile