Kimberly Howe

Kimberly HoweSenior Researcher

Working with Feinstein Since: 2007
Based in: France

Kimberly Howe leads and contributes to a range of research projects at Feinstein. The majority of her work is focused on the Syria crisis, and the effects of humanitarian and political interventions on civilians, armed groups, and political structures.  Kimberly has designed and conducted mixed methods research projects in several war-affected countries around the world including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Colombia, Uganda, Northern Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Since the late 1990s, Kimberly has been working in a variety of ways to improve the lives of people affected by conflict and war. Kimberly regularly conducts research for the U.S. government on their programs targeting refugees, internally displaced persons, and war-affected populations. Prior to joining the center, she was a Randolph Jennings Peace Scholar at the US Institute of Peace, an Adjunct Associate Research Scholar at SIPA Columbia University, and a Fellow at Harvard University Medical School. From 1999 to 2007, she practiced as a psychotherapist treating survivors of torture and interpersonal violence.

Kimberly holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.S.W. from Simmons College, Boston. She has an M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

When she is not in the field, she is based in southern France, where the weather is always nice.

Research Interests:
  • Insecurity during war and war to peace transitions
  • Governance and conflict
  • The politics of humanitarian action
Regional Focus:
  • Middle East
  • East/Great Lakes Africa
  • Colombia
Most Recent External Publications:
  • Nussio, Enzo and Kimberly Howe. “When Illegal Protection Collapses: Pathways to Increased Post-Demobilization Violence.” Terrorism and Political Violence (2014).
  • Kimberly Howe. “Collateral Damage: Urban Centers and IDPs in Post-Demobilization Colombia.” In Stabilization Operations, Security, and Development, edited by Rober Muggah. Routledge (2014).
  • Nussio, Enzo and Kimberly Howe. “What if the FARC Demobilizes?” Stability: International Journal of Security and Development 1, 1 (2012).

News Items

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…

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Kim Howe discusses humanitarian partnerships at AidEx
November 23, 2015

FIC Senior Researcher Dr. Kimberly Howe recently participated in a discussion at the AidEx conference on partnerships among different humanitarian actors. Dr. Howe drew on her work with Dr. Elizabeth…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Planning From the Future

The Planning From the Future project aims to influence the direction of ‘non-traditional’ and traditional humanitarian actors to help them deal with a rapidly changing and potentially increasingly vulnerable world.

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Partnerships in Remote Management Settings
By Kimberly Howe, Elizabeth Stites | August 2015

International organizations increasingly rely on local partners to engage in humanitarian action. This is particularly the case in highly insecure situations or when host governments limit or deny international access. Despite these trends, there have been few attempts to examine the effectiveness of international-local partnerships either in general or in insecure “remote management” contexts. This study explores these partnerships in the setting of cross-border assistance from Turkey to Syria in 2014. The case of Iraqi Kurdistan provides historical perspective.

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Feinstein Publications

A Better Balance: Revitalized Pastoral Livelihoods in Karamoja, Uganda

This report reviews the state of animal-based livelihoods in the Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda and examines how animal ownership affects a household’s ability to weather shocks.

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No End in Sight: A Case Study of Humanitarian Action and the Syrian Conflict Component 2. The Contemporary Humanitarian Landscape: Malaise, Blockages and Game Changes
By Kimberly Howe | January 2016

The scale of the Syrian conflict and resulting humanitarian need constitute one of the largest crises of our time.  This case study analyzes contemporary humanitarian action inside Syria, cross-border operations,…

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