Johann Go

Director of Research

Johann is Director of Research at Volunteering New Zealand, leading the
organisation’s research agenda.

Johann is an award-winning academic and community leader, bringing expertise in
humanities and social science research alongside translational research that links
academia with policy. Johann has over a decade of experience in the
community/ voluntary sector and has been the principal researcher and author of
several flagship VNZ publications, including the industry-leading State of
Volunteering reports (2020, 2022) and the MBIE-funded Recent Migrant Volunteering

Johann completed his PhD (DPhil) in political philosophy at the University of Oxford,
where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He also holds a BA (Philosophy and Politics)
and BHSc (Population Health) from the University of Auckland, and an MPhil
(Political Theory) with Distinction from the University of Oxford. Alongside his work
for Volunteering New Zealand, Johann is a full-time academic in the United Kingdom, holding an appointment as a Lecturer/ Assistant Professor.