Professor Jay Marlowe (Co-founder and Co-Director) is a refugee studies scholar and social work academic whose research focuses on refugee studies and settlement futures as it relates to migration policy, role of technologies and disaster risk reduction. 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.
He has received teaching excellence awards at the faculty, university and national level. Professionally, Jay has worked in social work and community development roles in the United States, Guatemala, Ecuador and Australia. He has published more than 70 papers related to refugee settlement and has generated more than $3.2 million in research income. He is a Professor at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland.