Luke has worked in child protection, international and community development in Australia and the Pacific, South-East Asia and Europe. Formerly based in Cambodia, he served as the Regional Child Protection Research and Development Specialist for World Vision (2008 – 2011), Field Liaison for Monash University School of Social Work (2012 – 2013), and Lecturer in Gender Studies at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (2012 – 2014).
Gaining his PhD with Deakin University in 2015, Luke’s dissertation was entitled Trafficking and Protection: Theorising Reintegration and Defining Success. Luke was inducted into the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Hall of Fame in 2013, and invited to present for the Departments of Mental Health and International Health, at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.
He has served as an Expert Advisor for the Trafficking in Human Beings Regional Implementation Initiative, supported by the Austrian Federal Ministries for Labour & Social Affairs for Women and Health, and hosted by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM).
Luke specialises in undertaking research related to the protection of children and marginalized sub-populations, and the construction of policies aimed at reintegrating Othered groups. Presently, Luke works as an independent consultant and is engaged as an Honorary Lecturer at the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University.
At RegNet Luke is undertaking scholarship, in collaboration with Dr Ibolya Losoncz, on Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programs, and the conceptualization and measurement of the reintegration of children associated with armed groups and armed groups (CAAFAG).
Social justice issues; critical theory; development theory, gender based violence, social reintegration and related policy.