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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.
Unwelcome participation, undesirable agency? Paradoxes of de-politicisation in a refugee camp
Naohiko Omata, (2017), Refugee Survey Quarterly
Who takes advantage of mobility? Exploring the nexus between refugees’ movement, livelihoods and socioeconomic status in West Africa
Naohiko Omata, (2017), African Geographical Review
The Myth of Self-Reliance: Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp
Naohiko Omata, (2017), Studies in Forced Migration, 36
Book review: The Concerned Women of Buduburam: Refugee Activists and Humanitarian Dilemmas
Naohiko Omata, (2017), Journal of Refugee Studies, 30 (1), 134 - 137
Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development
Alexander Betts, Louise Bloom, Josiah Kaplan, and Naohiko Omata, (2016)