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Research Officer, Humanitarian Innovation Project
Prior to joining the RSC, Naohiko was Senior Teaching Fellow in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at University of London. Previously, he has worked as a practitioner and consultant for UNDP, UNHCR, and international and local NGOs in various Sub-Saharan African countries.
Based on extensive research in West Africa, Naohiko has published widely on refugee livelihoods, rights and repatriation including articles in the Journal of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration Review. Before started his career in forced migration and international development, he worked in the private sector in Japan and the United States.
Naohiko received his PhD in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London; he also holds an MA in Forced Migration and Humanitarian Aid from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in Law from the University of Tokyo.
Refugee Economies: Rethinking Popular Assumptions
Alexander Betts et al, (2014)
Refugee livelihoods in Kampala, Nakivale and Kyangwali refugee settlements: patterns of engagement with the private sector
Naohiko Omata and Josiah Kaplan, (2013), RSC Working Paper Series, 95
Repatriation and integration of Liberian refugees from Ghana: the importance of personal networks in the country of origin
Naohiko Omata, (2013), Journal of Refugee Studies, 26 (2), 265 - 282
The complexity of refugees' return decision-making in a protracted exile: beyond the home-coming model and durable solutions
Naohiko Omata, (2013), Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39 (8), 1281 - 1297