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 entrepreneurship in Rwanda
Research in Brief
Naohiko Omata and Yotam Gidron, (2023), RSC Research in Brief 20
The role of developmental ‘buzzwords’ in the international refugee regime: Self-reliance, resilience, and economic inclusion
Naohiko Omata, (2023), World Development, 167
Refugee mobilities in East Africa: understanding secondary movements
Alexander Betts et al, (2023), Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies
Humanitarian assistance as performance? Expectations and mismatches between aid agencies and refugee beneficiaries
Naohiko Omata, (2022), Ethnos
Book review: ‘Difficult life in a refugee camp: Gender, violence and coping in Uganda’, by Ulrike Krause, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2021, pp.250.
Naohiko Omata, (2022), International Migration