SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Paolo Novak

MSc, PhD (London)
  • Overview
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Expertise
  • Publications

Overview

Paolo Novak
Department of Development Studies

Lecturer in Development Studies

SOAS Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Labour, Movements and Development

Research Cluster Member

Neoliberalism, Globalisation, and States

Research Cluster Member

Name:
Dr Paolo Novak
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4214
Address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
368
Academic Support Hours:
Tuesday, 12-2pm
On Sabbatical:
Terms 2 and 3 (18/19)

Biography

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
SOAS.

Teaching

Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Christian Sowa, The Accommodation of Migrants in Berlin: Exploring the City and Urban Transformations (Working Title)
  • Hassan Ould Moctar, EU Border Externalisation and the Social Conditions of 'Deportability' in Mauritania
  • Karen Schouw Iversen, Navigating humanitarian biopolitics: housing policies and desplazado protests in Bogotá (working title)
  • Marco Mogiani, The European and national policies on migration and asylum and their impact on the physiognomy of the port of entries and on the migration patterns in the Greek-Turkish border in the last twenty years. (Working title)

Research

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”.

Expertise

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Available for
Regional Expertise
  • South Asia
Country Expertise
  • India
Languages

Publications

Articles

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.

Paolo, Novak (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.

Book Chapters

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. [Forthcoming]

Paolo, Novak (2015) 'Empire, Imperialism and the Refugee'. In: Ness, Immanuel and Cope, Zak, (eds.), Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Imperialism and Antimperialism. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Inpress]

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.

Book Reviews

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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