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.

News Items

Helen Young facilitates panel at Disasters conference
September 20, 2017

On Thursday September 14, 2017, scholars and experts from around the world, including Feinstein’s Helen Young, gathered at the Disasters conference to discuss how studies of disasters have evolved over the…

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Anastasia Marshak presents findings on water, livestock, and malnutrition
April 13, 2017

On April 12, 2017 Anastasia Marshak, Helen Young, and Concern Worldwide colleague Michelle Wilson were hosted by USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance to present findings from her impact evaluation…

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Feinstein Research Projects

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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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.

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Feinstein Publications

Briefing Paper: Risk and Returns: Household Priorities for Resilient Livelihoods in Darfur
Sudan resilience, humanitarian action, climate change, livelihoods, and pastoralism research
By Merry Fitzpatrick, Helen Young | April 2017

Livelihood systems in Darfur have experienced massive shocks and extreme changes over the past two decades. Though most communities are making positive progress, their recovery from multiple shocks over the…

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(Arabic) Briefing Paper: Risk and Returns: Household Priorities for Resilient Livelihoods in Darfur
Sudan resilience, humanitarian action, climate change, livelihoods, climate change, and pastoralism research
By Merry Fitzpatrick, Helen Young | April 2017

Livelihood systems in Darfur have experienced massive shocks and extreme changes over the past two decades. Though most communities are making positive progress, their recovery from multiple shocks over the…

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