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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.
The Myth of Self-Reliance: Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp
Naohiko Omata, (2017) (forthcoming)
Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development
Alexander Betts, Louise Bloom, Josiah Kaplan, and Naohiko Omata, (2016)
Refugee economies in Kenya: preliminary study in Nairobi and Kakuma camp
Naohiko Omata, (2016), RSC Working Paper Series, 120
Book Review: South–South Educational Migration, Humanitarianism and Development: Views from the Caribbean, North Africa, and the Middle East
Naohiko Omata, (2016), Population, Space and Place, 22 (6), 636 - 638
Micro-finance in refugee contexts: current scholarship and research gaps
Evan Easton-Calabria and Naohiko Omata, (2016), RSC Working Paper Series, 116