Elizabeth Stites

Elizabeth StitesResearch Director; Assistant Research Professor

Elizabeth Stites, PhD, joined Feinstein in 2006 and studies the two-way relationship between livelihood adaptations and conflict environments

Elizabeth Stites, Ph.D. is a Research Director in Conflict and Livelihoods at the Feinstein International Center and an Assistant Research Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Her work focuses on the effects of conflict on civilian livelihoods and the ways in which communities, households, and individuals adapt or change their livelihood strategies in conflict environments and the repercussions of these changes. She is particularly interested in how conflict and livelihoods intersect and overlap and the social, political and economic repercussions of these linkages for individuals and groups.  At the policy level, Stites focuses on the effects of international and national humanitarian, development and military policies on gender roles and livelihood strategies. Her field work aims to improve the effectiveness of international and national policies through evidenced-based research reflecting the lived experiences of local communities. She has worked throughout sub-Saharan Africa and in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Nepal.

FIC Publications

“It’s Better to Sweat than to Die:” Rural-to-Urban Migration, Northern Karamoja, Uganda
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Much of the literature on urbanization focuses on migration to large cities. In contrast, this report traces the process, challenges, and opportunities of rural-urban migration to towns and small cities…

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Engaging Male Youth in Karamoja, Uganda
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The Feinstein International Center at Tufts University is pleased to announce a new publication in collaboration with the Learning on Gender and Conflict in Africa  (LOGiCA) Program of the World…

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Tradition in Transition: Customary Authority in Karamoja, Uganda
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Customary authority in the Karamoja region of Uganda has undergone profound shifts in parallel to the changing livelihoods and security conditions in the region over the past several decades. This…

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Life in Town: Migration from rural Karamoja to Moroto and Mbale
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Migration from rural Karamoja to towns, cities and other rural areas has long been part of local livelihood strategies, but attention to this phenomenon by national and international actors in…

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Milk Matters in Karamoja
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By Elizabeth Stites, Emily Mitchard | October 2011

Households in the Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda have seen a precipitous drop in access to and availability of animal milk in recent years. The declining milk supply affects livelihoods,…

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Adaptation and Resilience Responses to Changing Dynamics in Northern Karamoja, Uganda
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This briefing paper is the first output from the LIVE project (Livelihoods, Insecurity and Value Chains Examination in Karamoja), a collaborative study with Save the Children in Uganda funded by…

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Foraging and Fighting Community Perspectives on Natural Resources and Conflict in Southern Karamoja
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This joint publication by the Feinstein International Center and Save the Children in Uganda examines the perspectives and experiences of communities in the southern Karamoja region of Uganda regarding natural…

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Changing Roles, Shifting Risks Livelihood Impacts of Disarmament in Karamoja, Uganda
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This report is the result of the first phase of a partnership with Save the Children in Uganda. Based on field work conducted in April 2009 in Moroto and Kotido…

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Angering Akuju Survival and Suffering in Karamoja
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Karamoja is the poorest and least developed region of Uganda. The population experiences chronic food insecurity, little access to basic services, the weakening of traditional livelihood systems, ongoing insecurity, human…

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Out-migration, Return, and Resettlement in Karamoja, Uganda The case of Kobulin, Bokora County
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As part of a larger project entitled “Livelihoods and Human Security in Karamoja,” this briefing paper presents findings on causal factors and broad patterns in out-migration among the Bokora population….

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Movement on the Margins Livelihoods and Security in Kitgum District, Northern Uganda
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The protracted conflict in northern Uganda has created profound insecurity, brought the widespread loss of agrarian livelihoods, and pushed nearly two million people into internal displacement camps. With the current…

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Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Principles, Power, and Perceptions Preliminary Report
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This report summarizes the findings of the first phase of a major research project on the challenges and compromises that are likely to affect humanitarian action in the next decade….

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Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Northern Uganda Country Study
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By Elizabeth Stites | June 2006

The HA2015 study examines the effects of four broad challenges on the humanitarian enterprise: universality, terrorism, coherence and security. Each of these has resonance in the context of northern Uganda….

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Coping with War, Coping with Peace Livelihood Adaptation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1989-2004
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This study uses a livelihood framework to examine and analyze household livelihood strategies across three time periods in six rural villages in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The three time periods examined are the…

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Human Security and Livelihoods of Rural Afghans, 2002-2003
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This report documents and analyzes recent countrywide trends in the relationship between human security and livelihoods throughout rural Afghanistan from 2002-2003. All countrywide information is generated by analyses of 2003…

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Research

Milk Matters in Karamoja
By Elizabeth Stites | September 2013

The objective of the project was to understand how milk had changed in the diets of children under age five and in household livelihood strategies.

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Promoting Evidence-based Livelihood Programming in Karamoja, Uganda
By Elizabeth Stites | September 2013

In 2009-2011, the Tufts/FIC team worked in collaboration with SCiUG on research to improve and inform programming, policy making, and advocacy through the collection and dissemination of qualitative data on key livelihood issues.

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Livelihood Programming for Disaster Risk Reduction Kenya, Nepal, and Haiti

This FIC study is designed to improve our knowledge of livelihoods in the context of a disaster (before, after, and during), evaluate the impact of specific interventions intended to reduce risks, help articulate livelihoods approaches to DRR programming, and aid policy makers, donors and agencies in designing and implementing better and more effective DRR programming.

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Customary Law, Livelihoods Change, and Conflict Mitigation in the Karamoja Cluster The Case of Uganda

Under a two-year research project with funding from Irish Aid/Kampala, FIC researchers are studying how groups are using customary mechanisms to respond to the changing social, political and economic environment in Karamoja.

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