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.
The ‘mobility turn’: economic inequality in refugee livelihoods
Naohiko Omata, (2021), Handbook of Culture and Migration, 287 - 300
‘Over-researched’ and ‘Under-researched’ refugee groups: exploring the phenomena, causes and consequences
Naohiko Omata, (2021), Journal of Human Rights Practice
Derese G. Kassa. Refugee Spaces and Urban Citizenship in Nairobi: Africa’s Sanctuary City. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018
Naohiko Omata, (2020), African Studies Review, 63(4)
Refugee livelihoods: a comparative analysis of Nairobi and Kakuma camp in Kenya
Naohiko Omata, (2020), Disasters