Senior Lecturer in Development Studies
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Research Cluster Member
Research Cluster Member
- Dr Paolo Novak
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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
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”.
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Novak, Paolo (2021) 'Deservingness and uneven geographies of asylum accommodation'. Social Policy and Society. [Forthcoming]
Novak, Paolo (2019) 'The neoliberal location of asylum'. Political Geography, (70), pp 1-13.
Novak, Paolo (2017) 'Back to Borders'. Critical Sociology, (43) 6, pp 847-864.
Novak, Paolo (2017) 'Placing Borders in Development'. Geopolitics, (21) 3, pp 483-512.
Novak, Paolo (2015) 'Refugee Status as a Productive Tension'. Transnational Legal Theory, (6) 2, pp 287-311.
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.
Novak, Paolo (2018) 'Borders, distance, politics'. In: Paasi, Anssi and Prokkola, Eeva-Kaisa and Saarinen, Jarko and Zimmerbauer, Kaj, (eds.), Borderless Worlds for Whom?: Ethics, Moralities and Mobilities. London: Routledge, pp 49-62.
Novak, Paolo (2017) 'Border rhythms'. In: Mavroudi, Elizabeth and Page, Ben and Christou, Anastasia, (eds.), Timespace and International Migration. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp 61-76.
Novak, Paolo (2015) 'Refugees and Empire'. In: Ness, Immanuel and Cope, Zak, (eds.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. Houndsmills: Palgrave MacMillan.
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. Hoboken, NJ: 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.
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.
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