Naomi Oates is a researcher on the Water Policy Programme (WPP) at ODI. Her research interests lie in the socio-political and institutional dynamics of water resources management, with a view to understanding implications for poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and climate resilience. She is currently engaged in several projects in eastern and southern Africa.
Research themes include: policies and institutions for sustainable irrigated food production, the political economy of river basin development, and securing healthy rivers for the benefit of society. Naomi holds an MSc in Climate Change and International Development (with distinction) from the University of East Anglia and a BSc in Natural Sciences from Durham University. Among other things, Naomi has previously worked as a Programme Officer for WPP and as a Research Assistant for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), also at ODI.