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 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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Helen Young Presents Experiences in Sudan at Conference
February 13, 2018

Helen Young attended a workshop on Conflict-Envrionment Links in Dryland Regions on February 12, 2018.  The workshop explored the direct and indirect environmental impacts of conflict in dryland regions and to…

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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

Briefing Paper: Persistent Global Acute Malnutrition: A briefing paper on the scope of the problem, its drivers, and strategies for moving forward for policy, practice, and research
By Helen Young, Anastasia Marshak | January 2018

The widespread scale and long-lasting nature of “persistent GAM” means that it must be a policy and programming priority. This brief sheds light on the issue and provides strategies for policy and practice.

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Persistent Global Acute Malnutrition: A discussion paper on the scope of the problem, its drivers, and strategies for moving forward for policy, practice, and research
By Helen Young, Anastasia Marshak | January 2018

The widespread scale and long-lasting nature of “persistent GAM” means that it must be a policy and programming priority. This paper sheds light on the issue and provides strategies for policy and practice.

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