Associate Professor Jay Marlowe

PhD, MSW, BA (Hons)


Associate Professor Jay Marlowe’s research focuses on refugee studies and settlement futures as it relates to migration policy, role of technologies and disaster risk reduction.  He is co-director of the Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies, which focuses on responding to conflict and climate induced displacement.  In 2019 he became a Rutherford Discovery Fellow to pursue a 5 year research programme related to refugee settlement trajectories.  As a social worker and former visiting fellow with the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, he has worked with refugee communities as a practitioner and researcher publishing more than 70 peer reviewed papers.

As a teacher, Jay has received several teaching awards at the faculty, university and national level.  In 2017 he received an Ako National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award

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.

He has secured (as principal or associated investigator) numerous external grants worth more than $3 million.  These activities include collaborations across Europe, Australasia and North America.  He is a current recipient 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. 

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).


Research projects

  • 2019-2023: Rutherford Discovery Fellowship -- Dislocation in an age of connection: Mapping refugee settlement trajectories within an increasingly mobile world, Principal Investigator, $800,000
  • 2019: Public Policy Institute Research Impact Grant: A Guiding Framework for Engaging Pacific Populations in Disaster Risk Reduction: Reach, Relevance, Receptiveness and Relationships, Principal Investigator, $9000
  • 2017-2019: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) – International Network on Crisis Translation (INTERACT), Associate Investigator, €230,000
  • 2016 – 2018: National Science Challenges, Societal Resliience to Disasters, Auckland Community Resilience Project, Associate Investigator
  • 2016-2019: Marsden Fast Start, Royal Society of New Zealand, Resettled but not Reunited: Refugees, Belonging and Digital Media, $300,000

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



  • Jain, N. (2020) 'Negotiating the capability imperative: Enacting disability inclusion in medical education' (PhD)
  • Pereau, M. (2020) ‘Storying the past, navigating the present, imagining the future: being and becoming young social activists in Aotearoa New Zealand’ (PhD)
  • Balay-as, M. (2019) 'Disasters through an Indigenous Lens in the Philippines' (PhD)
  • 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)


  • Lee, R. (2021) 'Social workers’ stories: Journeys into palliative care, mobilising and sustaining practice' (MSW)
  • Botuyan, A. (2020) 'Disaster Resilience within Filipino Communities in Auckland, New Zealand' (MDisMgt)
  • Offner, S. (2019) 'Reconceptualising Human Displacement in the Context of Environmental Change' (MDisMgt)
  • 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)


  • Eisenberg, S. (under examination) 'Immigration without Immigrating' (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)
  • Sama, B. (ongoing) “Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Asylum Determinations (PhD)
  • Castro, C. (ongoing) ‘Young Colombians from refugee backgrounds and social capital in NZ’ (PhD)
  • Pennycuick, A (ongoing) 'Strengthening pathways: perceptions of success and belonging for students from refugee backgrounds in New Zealand tertiary education' (PhD)



  • Associate Dean (PBRF), Faculty of Education and Social Work, 2015-2018
  • Chair, School Research Committee, 2012 -- current
  • Registered Social Worker, Social Workers Registration Board
  • Board Member, Refugees as Survivors New Zealand, 2018 -- current
  • 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, 2019 -- current; member of the commitee from 2012-2018
  • Board Member, Centre for Community Research and Evaluation, 2017 -- current
  • Member, Faculty Staffing Committee, 2015 -- current
  • Member, European Cooperation for Science and Technology Action Group on Disaster Bioethics

Areas of expertise

  • Refugees and Migrants
  • Resettlement
  • Acculturation and Identity
  • Transnational lives and mobilities through social media
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Loss, Grief and Trauma

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Marlowe, J. (2020). Refugee resettlement, social media and the social organization of difference. GLOBAL NETWORKS-A JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL AFFAIRS, 20 (2), 274-291. 10.1111/glob.12233
  • Marlowe, J. (2019). Social Media and Forced Migration: The Subversion and Subjugation of Political Life. Media and Communication, 7 (2), 173-183. 10.17645/mac.v7i2.1862
  • Marlowe, J., Neef, A., Tevaga, C. R., & Tevaga, C. (2018). A New Guiding Framework for Engaging Diverse Populations in Disaster Risk Reduction: Reach, Relevance, Receptiveness, and Relationships. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DISASTER RISK SCIENCE, 9 (4), 507-518. 10.1007/s13753-018-0193-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andreas Neef
  • 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 (pp. 150-163). Christchurch, NZ: Canterbury University Press.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Louise Humpage


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 411B
New Zealand

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