Helen Young

Helen YoungResearch Director and Professor
Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy

Working with Feinstein Since: 1998
Based in: London, England

Helen Young direct the Nutrition, Livelihoods, and Conflict Research Program at Feinstein. Since 2004, Helen’s research has focused on  livelihoods and conflict in Sudan. Within that context, she leads an inter-disciplinary research program on livelihoods, environment and conflict, and public nutrition that has had grants from donors including, DFID, the Ford Foundation, the World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and Mellon. As a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition, Helen established and taught a core master’s course, “Public Nutrition in Emergencies.” In 2002, she led the development of the Sphere Minimum Standards on food security. She is the author of more than 60 books, book chapters, practical guides, reports, and peer reviewed publications. She is co-editor of the journal Disasters.

Active in humanitarian response and development since 1985, Helen has professional experience with Oxfam GB, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Bank, the FAO, the WFP, and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), mainly in Africa. She has combined field-based deployments and consultancies with applied research, including work as a visiting research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute where she analyzed nutrition, food security, and famine responses during the eighties.

Helen received her bachelor’s degree in food science and nutrition from Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University), and her Ph.D. from Bournemouth University.

News Items

Helen Young, Anastasia Marshak, Dan Maxwell contribute to article on rethinking malnutrition
April 5, 2018

On March 28, 2018 Malnutrition Deeply published and article, “After Haiti, Rethinking How to Address Malnutrition in an Emergency.” This article relies heavily on work conducted by Helen Young, Anastasia…

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Helen Young and Anne Radday discuss the meaning of resilience and fragile contexts at Annual Learning Event
February 15, 2018

In February 2018, the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) program held its Annual Learning Event for the 13 consortia funded by UKAID’s £140 million, three…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Synthesizing Research on Resilience in Drylands and Fragile Contexts Project

From 2005 to 2017, we developed a wide-ranging research portfolio on livelihoods systems under stress throughout the Greater Horn of Africa and beyond. This project synthesizes key themes of that research.

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Taadoud Transition to Development Project (SHARP)
By Helen Young, Merry Fitzpatrick | February 2017

The broad aim of the SHARP Taadoud operational research is to strengthen the impact of resilience-related actions and interventions.

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Feinstein Publications

Pastoralist Systems in Dar Sila, Chad

This study is a contribution to the understanding of pastoralism-farming dynamics in Dar Sila, in relation to their natural, social, and economic environment.

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Executive Summary: Pastoralist Systems in Dar Sila, Chad

The executive summary of a study that contributes to the understanding of pastoralism-farming dynamics in Dar Sila, in relation to their natural, social, and economic environment.

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