Associate Professor Jay Marlowe

PhD, MSW, BA (Hons)


Associate Professor Jay Marlowe’s research activities are in the areas of refugee studies with a focus on settlement, migration policy and disaster risk reduction.  As a social worker and former visiting fellow with the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, he has experience working with refugee communities as a practitioner and researcher to inform refugee settlement in relation to practice, policy and theory. He has published more than 60 peer reviewed papers in relation to these fields.

Jay has secured (as principal or associated investigator) numerous external grants worth more than $2.2 million.  These activities include collaborations across Europe, Australasia and North America.  He is a current receipient of a Marsden fast start which examines how refugees practise transnational family and friendship through social media. Other major collaboration include European funded project on crisis translation and the National Science Challenges that focuses on societal resilience to disasters within Auckland. In 2016, he was a visiting scholar at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado. 

Professionally, Jay has worked as a social worker at the Loss and Grief Centre in Adelaide which provided counselling and community development initiatives for people and communities living through loss and trauma. He has also worked in a number of international settings that includes working for three years in wilderness programs with adjudicated youths in the United States. He worked as a director of a Guatemalan organisation called Quetzaltrekkers that supported a school known as the Escuela de la Calle (School of the Streets). This organisation assisted in providing free education to children from low income backgrounds and supported homeless children by offering a free dormitory, food and family support services. He has also worked on a community development initiative with an indigenous community in the Amazon basin of Ecuador.

Research | Current

Jay’s primary area of research interest focuses upon refugee settlement, social inclusion and ways that migrant communities can participate within civil society. Click on the following links to hear radio interviews about his doctoral research with Sudanese refugees and a recent project on refugee communities' perspectives and responses to the Canterbury Earthquakes.  In 2014, he was co-editor for a special issue on Refugee Resettlement in New Zealand which is open access and is available on the link above.

You can view Jay's Google Scholar profile here.

He has published two books: Belonging and Transnational Refugee Settlement: Unsettling the Everyday and the Extraordinary (2018, Routledge) and an edited book (with Anne Harris and Tanya Lyons): South Sudanese Diaspora in Australia and New Zealand (2013).


Current Research

  • 2017: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) – International Network on Crisis Translation (INTERACT), Associate Investigator, €230,000
  • 2016 – 2017: National Science Challenges, Societal Resliience to Disasters, Auckland Community Resilience Project, Associate Investigator
  • 2016: Principal Investigator -- Marsden Fast Start, Royal Society of New Zealand, Resettled but not Reunited: Refugees, Belonging and Digital Media, $300,000
  • 2016:  Engaged Social Science Research Cafe (ESocSci) Aotearoa New Zealand Refugee Settlement Conservatory: Investigating the Questions that Count (with AP Louise Humpage), $17,400
  • 2014 – 2016: Principal Investigator, Early Career Research Excellence Award, University of Auckland, Information Communication Technologies and Refugee Background Communities: Implications for Disaster Risk Reduction, $25,000
  • 2013 – 2016: Principal Investigator, Thematic Research Initiative: Transforming Cities, The urban/digital nexus: Participation, belonging and social media in Auckland, $15,000
  • 2013 - 2015: Associate Investigator, World University Network Fund (WUN), Comparative Refugee Settlement Policy, £10,000 ($19,350)
  • 2012 - 2014: Principal Investigator, Faculty Development Research Fund, University of Auckland, Refugee Settlement and Canterbury Earthquakes, $39,856

Awards and Prizes

Teaching | Current

Jay has coordinated and delivered numerous postgraduate and undergraduate courses related migration, social work practice and theory.  He has received awards at the faculty, university and national levels for tertiary teaching excellence. Current teaching includes:

  • Culture and diversity
  • Migration
  • Working with Loss, Grief and Trauma
  • Social Work Theory

Postgraduate supervision



  • Ronoh, S. (2017) ‘Disaster Risk Reduction: Contributions by Children with Disabilities’ (PhD)
  • Wille, J. (2014) 'A tree is not a tree without its leaves… Exploring integration and belonging among South Sudanese Australians in Canberra' (PhD)


  • Cartwright, J. (2016) 'Youth Justice Outcomes and FGC processes' (Master of Social Work)
  • Gebremariam, S. (2015) 'Parental participation in primary schools: a case study of Ethiopian refugee parents in Auckland' (Master of Education)
  • Xu, J. (2013) 'Mental Health Professionals Experiences of Working with Chinese Migrants' (Master of Social Work)
  • Deng, S. (2012) 'Sudanese Family Dynamics: Parenting in Different Contexts' (Master of Counselling)


  • Balay-as, M. (ongoing) 'Psycho-social Processes in Post-Disaster Management among the Kankanaey People in the Philippines' (PhD)
  • Eisenberg, S. (ongoing) 'Immigration without Immigrating' (PhD)
  • Jain, N. (ongoing) 'Institutional ableism and stereotype threat' (PhD)
  • Pereau, M. (ongoing) ‘Examining social action in Aotearoa New Zealand through the experiences, interactions and imaginations of young social activists’ (PhD)
  • Pak, S. (ongoing) 'Motivation and identity of youth refugee ESL learners in New Zealand' (PhD)
  • Dehar, T. (ongoing) 'Adjustment to Work in New Zealand: Resettled Refugee and Employer Perspectives' (PhD)


  • Associate Dean (PBRF), Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • Chair, School Research Committee
  • Registered Social Worker, Social Workers Registration Board
  • Member, New Zealand Ethics Committee, national committee which provides an ethical review process for researchers and organisations not eligible for health or institutional ethics review
  • Member, Faculty Staffing Committee
  • Member, European Cooperation for Science and Technology Action Group on Disaster Bioethics

Areas of expertise

  • Refugees and Migrants
  • Resettlement
  • Acculturation and Identity
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Loss, Grief and Trauma

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Marlowe, J. M. (2018). Belonging and transnational refugee settlement: Unsettling the everyday and the extraordinary. London, UK: Routledge. Pages: 180. Related URL.
  • Blake, D., Marlowe, J., & Johnston, D. (2017). Get prepared: Discourse for the privileged?. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 25, 283-288. 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.09.012
  • Marlowe, J., Bartley, A., & Collins, F. (2017). Digital belongings: The intersections of social cohesion, connectivity and digital media. Ethnicities, 17 (1), 85-102. 10.1177/1468796816654174
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Allen Bartley
  • Irizarry, C., Marlowe, J. M., Hallahan, L., & Bull, M. (2016). Restoring connections: Social workers' practice wisdom towards achieving social justice. British Journal of Social Work, 46 (7), 1855-1871. 10.1093/bjsw/bcv129
  • Marlowe, J., & Humpage, L. (2016). Policy responses to refugees in Aotearoa New Zealand: A rights-based analysis. In J. Maidment, L. Beddoe (Eds.) Social policy for social work and human services in Aotearoa New Zealand: Diverse perspectives. Christchurch, NZ: Canterbury University Press.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Louise Humpage
  • Marlowe, J. (2015). Belonging and Disaster Recovery: Refugee-Background Communities and the Canterbury Earthquakes. British Journal of Social Work, 45 (suppl 1), i188-i204. 10.1093/bjsw/bcv090
  • Marlowe, J., & Bogen, R. (2015). Young people from refugee backgrounds as a resource for disaster risk reduction. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 14 (2), 125-131. 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2015.06.013
  • Marlowe, J., & Tolich, M. (2015). Shifting from research governance to research ethics: A novel paradigm for ethical review in community-based research. Research Ethics, 11 (4), 178-191. 10.1177/1747016115579536


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 411B
New Zealand

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