Merry is currently conducting independent research in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo on the causes of kwashiorkor malnutrition, a type of malnutrition that is often fatal. It is common in many conflict-affected areas of central Africa.
Merry has more than 20 years of field experience in humanitarian response, primarily in food security and livelihoods to humanitarian research to help other humanitarians work more effectively. She worked with multiple humanitarian agencies, including the International Rescue Committee, GOAL Ireland, and Food for the Hungry. Most recently, at World Concern she was the Relief Director and then the Senior Director for Technical Support. With Feinstein she conducted research on the Somalia famine, resilience and livelihoods in Darfur, Sudan, and pastoralism. Additionally, she was the international research team leader on the Sudan Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience Program (SHARP) and continues to contribute to the center’s research.
Merry holds a B.S. in chemistry from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.B.A. with a concentration in international development from Hope International University, and an M.Sc. in food policy and applied nutrition from Tufts University. She is a Ph.D. candidate Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and expects to graduate in 2017.
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The Road to Resilience A Scoping Study for the Taadoud Transition to Development Project
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
Livestock, Livelihoods, and Disaster Response: PART ONE A Review of Livestock-Based Livelihood Projects in Sudan
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
Feinstein Research Projects
On Friday, October 14, 2016 Dan Maxwell, Anastasia Marshak, and Merry Fitzpatrick discussed recent Feinstein research projects and findings with the Tufts Nutrition Council. Anastasia discussed findings from an impact…Read More