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Naomi Oates

Research Officer

Portrait of Naomi Oates

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.

  1. A political economy analysis of Malawi’s rural water supply sector

    Research reports

  2. Making water infrastructure investment decisions in a changing climate: Kenya

    Research reports

  3. Women, water and farming


  4. Gender, agriculture and water insecurity

    Research reports

  5. How do healthy rivers benefit society?

    Working papers

  6. Making irrigation work for Africa: 10 questions decision makers should ask

  7. Pathways for irrigation development in Africa - summary

    Working papers

  8. The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Processes in Africa


  9. UK water forum: water equity in the new development era


  10. Adaptation to climate change in water, sanitation and hygiene: assessing risks, appraising options in Africa

    Research reports

  11. Achieving water security: lessons from research in water supply, sanitation and hygiene in Ethiopia

    Book/book chapter

  12. Infrastructure service goals after 2015


  13. Getting to grips with the water-energy-food ‘nexus’

  14. Postcard from Planet Under Pressure: A difficult business – climate change mitigation and adaptation in food supply chains

  15. Mainstreaming adaptation to climate change: what hope for Ethiopia’s water sector?

  16. The 'mainstreaming' approach to climate change adaptation: insights from Ethiopia's water sector

    Working papers