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John van Kooy
Research Fellow, Work and Economic Security

John is a Senior Research Fellow in the Work and Economic Security team. He joined the Research and Policy Centre in early 2014.

John has a background in international aid and development, having gained a Master of Arts (International Relations) from ANU and 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.

John is currently undertaking a PhD at RMIT University on the economic survival strategies of newly-arrived refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.

His work seeks to understand effective policies and programs that support the economic participation of disadvantaged job seekers—particularly refugees, asylum seekers and other recent migrants. 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.

Contact: jvankooy(at)bsl.org.au

Research interests

  • Impacts of forced migration on the economic participation of humanitarian migrants
  • How policy enables or constrains the ‘inclusiveness’ of the Australian job market for migrant workers
  • Employer engagement approaches to create more and better jobs for a diverse range of job seekers
  • Roles for intermediary agencies (particularly nonprofits) in supporting job seekers into decent work

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