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Senior 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.
Economic reintegration of returnees in Liberia
Naohiko Omata and Noriko Takahashi, (2016), Forced Migration Review, 51
Assessing economic impacts of hosting refugees: conceptual, methodological and ethical gaps
Naohiko Omata and Nina Weaver, (2015), RSC Working Paper Series, 111
Book Review: Displacement economies in Africa: paradoxes of crisis and creativity
Naohiko Omata, (2015), Journal of Refugee Studies, 28 (4), 597 - 599
Research in Brief: Refugee Economies
Alexander Betts and Naohiko Omata, (2015), RSC Research in Brief 2
Open wallet, closed doors: exploring Japan’s low acceptance of asylum seekers
Naohiko Omata, (2015), Migration Information Source