Rachel Gordon

Rachel GordonResearcher, Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

Rachel is a Researcher at the Feinstein International Center. Her research interests include livelihoods, human security, and ongoing violence during ‘post-conflict’ transitions, the politics of humanitarian action and the relief/development dichotomy, and gender analysis in complex emergencies. She has previously been involved in FIC projects on livelihoods and disaster risk reduction, MIT/USAID’s Urban Resilience in Chronic Violence project, and the international Gender and Disaster Network, as well as risk and crisis management for international education and development organizations. Rachel received dual Master’s degrees from The Fletcher School and the department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning at Tufts University in 2012, with a focus on urban resilience and human security.

Publications with the SLRC:

In the eye of the storm: An analysis of internal conflict in South Sudan’s Jonglei State

FIC Publications

Trajectories of international engagement with state and local actors: Evidence from South Sudan
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What can international aid policymakers and practitioners learn from the history of international engagement with South Sudan prior to and during the current conflict? This paper traces shifts in international…

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Change the context not the girls: Improving efforts to reduce teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone
2013 Sierra Leone Partner Visit

In 2013 Sierra Leone ranked among the ten nations with the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the world. If the Government of Sierra Leone’s renewed National Strategy for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy is to succeed, a more contextually tailored approach is needed. This report makes five recommendations.

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Looking back to look ahead? Reviewing key lessons from Operation Lifeline Sudan and past humanitarian operations in South Sudan
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This paper reviews large-scale humanitarian operations in South Sudan, focusing on what lessons can be learnt from Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS). The paper is structured as follows: The first section…

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Briefing Paper: Recovery in Northern Uganda How are people surviving post-conflict?
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In 2012/13, the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) implemented the first round of an original sub-regional panel survey in northern Uganda aimed to produce data on livelihoods, access to and…

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Briefing Paper: The impact of serious crimes during the war on households today in Northern Uganda
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In 2012/13, the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) implemented the first round of an original sub-regional panel survey in northern Uganda aimed to produce data on livelihoods, access to and…

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Briefing Paper: The war-wounded and recovery in Northern Uganda
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In 2012/13, the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) implemented the first round of an original sub-regional panel survey in northern Uganda aimed to produce data on livelihoods, access to and…

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Surveying livelihoods, service delivery and governance – baseline evidence from Uganda
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In 2012/13, SLRC implemented the first round of an original sub-regional panel survey in Uganda aimed to produce data on livelihoods, access to and experience of basic services, exposure to…

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Livelihoods, access to services and perceptions of governance: An analysis of Uror and Nyirol counties, South Sudan
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This report is based on qualitative fieldwork conducted in Uror and Nyirol Counties, Jonglei State, South Sudan and a household survey conducted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)…

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In the eye of the storm: An analysis of internal conflict in South Sudan’s Jonglei State
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By Rachel Gordon | March 2014

The violent political crisis that has engulfed South Sudan since mid-December 2013 has awakened the world to the fundamental lack of stability in the world’s newest country. Unfortunately, the situation…

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Research

Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium Generating stronger evidence on conflict situations

The Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium aims to generate a stronger evidence base on how people in conflict-affected situations make a living, access basic services like health care, education and water, and perceive and engage with governance at local and national levels.

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News Items

Dallin Van Leuven, Dyan Mazurana, and Rachel Gordon publish chapter in Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond
April 1, 2016

Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond is a collection of contributions from outstanding experts in the field  that tackles the important and underexplored phenomenon of foreign fighters. Dallin, Dyan,…

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Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium releases report to inform reduction of teen pregnancy in Sierra Leone
January 5, 2016

With one of the world’s highest teenage pregnancy rates and the Ebola-imposed constraints on the education and health sectors and the economy as a whole, the Government of Sierra Leone…

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Mazurana, Gordon and Van Leuven preview book chapter on gender and ISIL
August 20, 2015

Dr. Dyan Mazurana, FIC’s Research Director on Gender, Youth, and Community, along with Researcher Rachel Gordon and Dallin Van Leuven, have authored a series of blog posts previewing their latest…

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Dan Maxwell, Rachel Gordon and SLRC colleagues release new Working Paper on South Sudan
May 28, 2015

Dr. Dan Maxwell, Rachel Gordon and their colleagues on the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) project have just released a new working paper on questions and challenges raised by a…

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FIC faculty and researchers participate in ‘Lean Research’ initiative
April 16, 2015

On April 15, 2015, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MIT D-Lab, and Feinstein International Center co-hosted Lean Lab, a day-long convening to reflect on the Lean Research initiative…

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