Phoebe Donnelly

Phoebe DonnellyVisiting Fellow

Phoebe Donnelly is one of the co-lead researchers on the Sexual Assault and Humanitarian Workers project, a foundational study commissioned by the Government of Norway to collect information on events of sexual assault of humanitarian workers and how humanitarian organizations are responding. Phoebe is also the program coordinator for the Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) degree program.

Phoebe is a PhD candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University focusing on the gender dynamics of non-state armed groups. She previously worked as the Associate Director of the Consortium Security at UMass-Boston. Phoebe has lectured widely on gender and conflict and has presented her research on gender and internal cohesion of non-state armed groups at national conferences.

Phoebe holds a B.A. in political science with a certificate in women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School.

Feinstein Publications

Briefing Paper: Sexual Assault Against Humanitarian and Development Aid Workers
By Dyan Mazurana, Phoebe Donnelly | February 2017

This briefing paper summarizes the findings from a review of scholarly and grey literature, as well as interviews, on the topic of sexual assault against aid workers. The overall study goal is…

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The Return to Violence in South Sudan
By Daniel Maxwell, Phoebe Donnelly | August 2015

South Sudan became the world’s newest country in July 2011, but internal political struggles resulted in renewed violent conflict in December 2013, affecting nearly half the country’s population and displacing some…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Sexual Assault and Humanitarian Workers Project

This study examines the issue of sexual assault against humanitarian and development aid workers.

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Gender, Sex, and Age in Humanitarian Response

This page brings together multiple projects related to gender, sex, and age in humanitarian response.

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News Items

Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnelly discuss sexual violence against aid workers on the ATHA podcast
April 22, 2017

As part of the Protection of Humanitarian Action Series, ATHA featured Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnelly on a recent podcast. In  this episode several experts and practitioners discuss the duty…

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Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnelly research on sexual assault against aid workers makes headlines
March 6, 2017

Research on sexual assault against aid workers by Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnellly is making headlines in early 2017. NBC26 posted a video about the research here. The European Interagency…

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Phoebe Donnelly presents at conference “Protecting the Unprotected”
September 22, 2016

From September 21-22, The Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) hosted a conference, “Protecting the Unprotected: Humanitarian Action and Human Rights after the WHS.” Phoebe Donnelly, a visiting fellow…

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Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnelly publish on sexual violence in conflict in the Crisis Response Journal
March 23, 2016

Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnelly published an article “Sexual Violence in Conflict” in the the March 2016 issue of the Crisis Response Journal (Volume 11, Issue 3). In this article,…

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