Helen Young

Helen YoungResearch Director for Nutrition, Livelihoods and Conflict

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

Since 2004, Helen Young’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.

Feinstein Publications

Risk, Resilience, and Pastoralist Mobility
Risk-Resilience-Mobility-thumbnail

This report investigates the practice of pastoralism in Sudan. The authors delineate migration patterns and rationales as well as market strategies, and also offer recommendations for policymakers and service providers interacting with any community that includes pastoralists.

Read More
The Road to Resilience A Scoping Study for the Taadoud Transition to Development Project
Road-to-Resilience-thumbnail
By Merry Fitzpatrick, Helen Young | March 2016

This scoping study explores the resilience strategies of households in multiple livelihood systems by describing how households in Darfur have coped with conflict and other shocks over the past fifteen…

Read More
Pastoralism in Practice Monitoring Livestock Mobility in Contemporary Sudan
Pastoralism-in-Practice-final-1

This report highlights the importance of pastoralist livestock mobility for the resilience of pastoralist livelihood systems and for maximising productivity. Tufts and partners monitored camel, sheep and cattle herds for…

Read More
Livestock, Livelihoods, and Disaster Response:  PART ONE A Review of Livestock-Based Livelihood Projects in Sudan
livestock-part-1-1
By Merry Fitzpatrick, Helen Young | November 2013

Tufts University and the Feinstein International Center are pleased to announce the publication of a two part review of emergency livestock interventions in Sudan. Livestock production is a crucial livelihood…

Read More
Livestock, Livelihoods, and Disaster Response: PART TWO Three Case Studies of Livestock Emergency Programmes in Sudan, and Lessons Learned
livestock-part-2-1

Tufts University and the Feinstein International Center are pleased to announce the publication of a two part review of emergency livestock interventions in Sudan. Livestock production is a crucial livelihood…

Read More
Pastoralism in Practice: Monitoring Livestock Mobility in Contemporary Sudan
Pastoral-in-Prac-Brief-Nov-2013-1

This is the fourth in a series of Policy Briefing Papers which form part of the Environment and Livelihoods component of the UNEP Sudan Integrated Environment Programme, funded by UKAid…

Read More
Standing Wealth Pastoralist Livestock Production and Local Livelihoods in Sudan
TUFTS_1339_Standing_Wealth_5_online-1

The report highlights the importance of pastoralist livestock production for the country’s economy, and outlines ways in which pastoralism can be supported in the future, to benefit livelihoods and the…

Read More
Targeting in Complex Emergencies Darfur Case Study
targeting-in-comp-emer-2009-1
By Helen Young, Daniel Maxwell | April 2009

Can community-based approaches to the targeting of humanitarian assistance in complex emergencies improve participation and reduce targeting error? Although the literature suggests that community-based targeting works best in slow-onset emergencies…

Read More
Livelihoods, Migration and Conflict Discussion of Findings from Two Studies in West and North Darfur, 2006 - 2007
Livelihoods-Migration-and-Conflict-1

This briefing paper discusses findings from a study conducted in Darfur from 2006-8 that explored the changing role of migration and remittances in the livelihoods of conflict-affected people. We conducted…

Read More
Livelihoods, Power, and Choice The Vulnerability of the Northern Rizaygat, Darfur, Sudan
Livelihoods-Power-Choice-2009-1

Livelihoods in Darfur are intimately linked to the conflict, none more so than the livelihoods of the camel herding nomads known as the Northern Rizaygat. Their notoriety as part of…

Read More
Livelihoods, Power, and Choice The Vulnerability of the Northern Rizaygat, Darfur, Sudan
Livelihoods-Power-Choice-Brief-Paper-2009-1

Livelihoods in Darfur are intimately linked to the conflict, none more so than the livelihoods of the camel herding nomads known as the Northern Rizaygat. Their notoriety as part of…

Read More
Sharpening the Strategic Focus of Livelihoods Programming in the Darfur Region
8nau6d0uugqce0wq8fe-1
By Helen Young, Abdal Monium Osman | September 2007

It is well known in the Darfur region that peoples’ livelihoods have been devastated as a result of the conflict, both as a result of the direct asset-stripping of conflict…

Read More
Strategies for Economic Recovery and Peace In Darfur Why a wider livelihoods approach is imperative and inclusion of the Abbala (camel herding) Arabs is a priority
Strategies-for-Economic-Recovery-and-Peace-In-Darfur-1

Competing livelihoods in the absence of good local governance has led to localized and ultimately devastating conflict over natural resources in Darfur. The lack of comprehensive livelihoods analysis in international…

Read More
Challenges to Peace and Recovery in Darfur A Situation Analysis of the Ongoing Conflict and its Continuing Impact on Livelihoods
Young--Challenges-to-Peace-and-Recovery-in-Darfur--A-Situation-Analysis-of-the-Ongoing-Conflict-and-its-Continuing-Impact-on-Livelihoods-1
By Helen Young, Abdal Monium Osman | December 2006

Despite the uncertainties about the future of the Darfur Peace Accord, this paper was developed to inform and strengthen the Darfur Joint Assessment Mission (DJAM) and Early Recovery Plan which…

Read More
Darfur: Livelihoods Under Siege
Young--Darfur--Livelihoods-Under-Seige-1

It is almost two years since the beginning of the rebel insurgency in Darfur, but the conflict continues, the ceasefire has been frequently violated, and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis…

Read More
Risk and Vulnerability in Ethiopia Learning from the Past, Responding to the Present, Preparing for the Future
risk_ethiopia-1

The people of Ethiopia today are managing the risks and vulnerabilities generated by a serious drought, profound vulnerability to disease epidemics (human, crop and livestock), and a combination of local…

Read More

Feinstein Research Projects

Promoting Evidence and Learning on Pastoralism for Peace Building

This project investigates the practice of pastoralism in Sudan, offering recommendations for policymakers and service providers interacting with communities that include pastoralists.

Read More
Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters

Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED), is a £140m project designed to improve the resilience of the most poor to climate extremes and shocks.

Read More
Pastoralism and Pastoralist Livelihoods
By Helen Young | December 2013

The pastoralist project aims to promote understanding of pastoralists’ livelihoods systems among local, national and international stakeholders and to strengthen the capacity of pastoralist leaders, organizations and other advocates to articulate the rational for pastoralism.

Read More
Remittances to Conflict Zones, Phase 2: Sudanese Refugees in Cairo
By Karen Jacobsen, Helen Young | September 2013

Refugees and migrants in transit countries like Egypt are linked into wider diaspora networks that help support them, and in turn enable the migrants to support their families and communities back home.

Read More
Sudan Environment and Livelihoods
By Helen Young | September 2013

The pastoralist project aims to promote understanding of pastoralists’ livelihoods systems among local, national and international stakeholders and to strengthen the capacity of pastoralist leaders, organizations and other advocates to articulate the rational for pastoralism.

Read More
Community Resilience to Acute Malnutrition

The Feinstein Center partnered with Concern Worldwide to (1) rigorously test the impact of the CRAM model on community resilience to shocks and (2) to explore how remote sensing data can provide accurate information to make early warning predictions in the Sila region of Chad.

Read More

News Items

Helen Young shares report on pastoralist mobility with Sudanese ministry
August 30, 2016

On Sunday, August 28 Helen Young presented the findings of her recent report “Risk, Resilience, and Pastoralist Mobility” with the Federal Ministry of Animal Resources in Khartoum, Sudan. The Chair…

Read More
Feinstein participation at WHS highlighted by Friedman School
June 21, 2016

On June 20, 2016, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy featured the following article: The world is witnessing the highest level of human suffering resulting from conflict and…

Read More
Helen Young discusses priorities for research in conflict settings
June 14, 2016

On June 14, 2016, Helen Young joined representatives from UN agencies, governments, NGOs, academia, and international corporations to develop a research agenda for Transitioning to low carbon economies in developing…

Read More
Feinstein faculty sign humanitarian scholars commitment at WHS
May 25, 2016

Dan Maxwell, Helen Young, and Antonio Donini joined the more than 60 scholars present at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and signed the Statement of Commitments from Humanitarian Scholars at…

Read More
Feinstein faculty participate in the World Humanitarian Summit
May 10, 2016

The first ever World Humanitarian Summit took place in Istanbul, Turkey on May 23-24, 2016. The summit aimed to set a forward-looking agenda for humanitarian action that addresses future humanitarian…

Read More
Helen Young participates in Action Against Hunger’s International Scientific Committee meeting
April 20, 2016

Helen Young participated in Action Against Hunger’s (ACF) meeting of its International Scientific Committee (ISC) in Madrid, Spain from April 18-19, 2016. Other members of the ISC in attendance were André…

Read More
Helen Young shares evaluation expertise at humanitarian assistance workshop
September 28, 2015

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) sponsored Helen Young, FIC Research Director for Nutrition, Livelihoods, and Conflict,  to provide her evaluation expertise during their  Thematic Window 6 Workshop (Acute Malnutrition) in…

Read More
Helen Young has co-edited a new book on livelihoods, natural resources, and post-conflict peace-building
May 4, 2015

Helen Young, Feinstein International Center’s Research Director for Nutrition, Livelihoods and Conflict, has collaborated with Lisa Goldman of the Environmental Law Institute to co-edit a new book titled Livelihoods, Natural Resources,…

Read More