Department of Development Studies

Dr Paolo Novak

Key information

Department of Development Studies Senior Lecturer in Development Studies Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute Centre for the Study of Pakistan Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan Research Cluster Member Research Cluster Member
MSc, PhD (London)
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Paolo has degrees in Business and International Finance (Bocconi, Milan) and Development Studies
(SOAS) and has worked for brokerage firms, investment banks, NGOs and UNHCR, before joining

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Research interests

Paolo’s research is concerned with the conceptual and contextual relation between borders,
migration and development, and focuses on the contested geographies produced by such relation
(territoriality, scale; spatialities and temporalities of borders and migration; legal/policy labels and
political subjectivities); and on processes of legal and institutional change associated to it (refugee
law and refugee regime; asylum reception systems; humanitarianism). Paolo has conducted field
research in Peshawar (Pakistan), Macerata (Italy), Meghalaya (India), Cairo (Egypt). His current
research project is titled: “Asylum seeker’s reception: taxonomies and location”.

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Karen Schouw Iversen Humanitarian Activist Citizens: Desplazado Protests and State Humanitarianism in Bogotá, Colombia
Dr Hassan Ould Moctar EU Border Externalisation and the Postcolonial Conditioning of Contemporary Capitalism in Mauritania
Christian Sowa The Accommodation of Migrants in Berlin: Exploring the City and Urban Transformations (Working Title)


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