Dr Paolo Novak
MSc, PhD (London)
Lecturer in Development Studies
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Research Cluster Member
Research Cluster Member
- Dr Paolo Novak
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Paolo has degrees in Business and International Finance (Bocconi University, Milan) and Development Studies (SOAS) and has worked for brokerage firms, investment banks, NGOs and UNHCR. His PhD field research was conducted in Pakistan, where he studied processes of institutional change in the protection and assistance regime for Afghan refugees.
His current research focuses on the notion of transnationality,with particular emphasis on: migration, refugee regime, borders, NGOs. Paolo welcomes potential PhD students in any of these subjects.
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Paolo, Novak (2015) 'Empire, Imperialism and the Refugee.' In: Ness, Immanuel and Cope , Zak, (eds.), Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Imperialism and Antimperialism. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (In Press)
Novak, Paolo (2014) 'Tracing connections and its politics.' In: Alff, Henryk and Benz, Andreas, (eds.), Tracing Connections: Explorations of Spaces and Places in Asian Contexts. Berlin: VWB.
Novak, Paolo (2013) 'Political economy of refugees.' In: Ness, Immanuel, (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Wiley-Blackwell.
Novak, Paolo (2007) 'Chromatic Boundaries.' In: Narula, M. and Sengupta, S. and Bagchi, J. and Sundaram, R., (eds.), SARAI Reader 07: Frontiers. Delhi: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.
Novak, Paolo (2017) 'Placing Borders in Development.' Geopolitics .
Paolo, Novak (2015) 'Refugee Status as a Productive Tension.' Transnational Legal Theory . pp. 1-25.
Paolo, Novak (2013) 'The Success of NGOs.' Development in Practice, 23 (7). pp. 872-888.
Novak, Paolo (2011) 'The Flexible Territoriality of Borders.' Geopolitics, 16 (4). pp. 741-767.
Novak, Paolo (2011) 'The Institutional Incompleteness of Empire.' Central Asian Survey, 30 (3-4). pp. 389-406.
Novak, Paolo (2007) 'Accountability to Whom?' Economic and Political Weekly, 42 (30). pp. 3172-77.
Novak, Paolo (2007) 'Place and Afghan Refugees: a Contribution to Turton.' Journal of Refugee Studies, 20 (4). pp. 551-578.
Paolo, Novak (2015) 'Review of: 'New Perspectives on International Migration and Development' by Cortina Jeronimo and Ochoa-Reza Enrique. New York: Columbia University Press 2013.' Journal of Global Faultlines, 2 (2). pp. 58-60.
Paolo, Novak (2009) 'Review of: Social Networks and Migration in Wartime Afghanistan. By Kristian Berg Harpviken. Houndmills: Palgrave, 2009.' Journal of Refugee Studies, 22 (4). pp. 529-530.