Sabina C. Robillard

Sabina C. RobillardMAHA Coordinator

Click here to read Sabina’s Young Scholar Profile.

Sabina is a doctoral student at the Friedman School of Nutrition. She has worked in disaster response, public health emergencies, peacebuilding, and conservation. Her expertise is in engagement between crisis-affected populations and humanitarian organizations. Her work includes the earthquake and cholera response with IOM in Haiti, the Ebola response with IOM in Guinea, and community-driven peacebuilding efforts with Haitian organizations in gang-affected areas of Port au Prince. She is currently studying the ‘localization’ of humanitarian assistance.

She has a master’s degree in food policy and applied nutrition from the Friedman School, a master’s in community change and applied peacebuilding from the Future Generations Graduate School, and a B.A. in community health and peace and justice studies from Tufts University.

When not at Tufts, Sabina lives in Port au Prince, Haiti with her husband and step-daughter.

News Items

Sabina Robillard co-authored a blog looking at localization in the context of Cite Soleil, Haiti
April 28, 2020

In April 2020, Sabina Robillard and Louino Robillard wrote a blog, “No Angels, No Devils: a view on ‘localization’ from Cite Soleil,” for CDA Collaborative. Cite Soleil is a marginalized…

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Daniel Maxwell, Jeeyon Kim, and Sabrina Robillard publish about social networks and COVID-19 in The Conversation
March 31, 2020

COVID-19 compromises social networks. What this means for people in humanitarian crises Iraqi, Iranian and Somali asylum seekers at a tent camp in the Netherlands. ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/GettyImages Jeeyon Kim, Visiting…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Localization of Humanitarian Action

This body of research seeks to identify the barriers and enabling factors that facilitate effective international partnerships with local and national humanitarian organizations in conflict affected countries.

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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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Feinstein Publications

Localization across contexts: Lessons learned from four case studies

This brief highlights similarities and differences between two studies on localization of humanitarian action and identifies lessons learned that may reach beyond specific emergencies in Indonesia and the Horn of Africa.

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Anchored in Local Reality: Case Studies on Local Humanitarian Action from Haiti, Colombia, and Iraq

This study reviews fundamental questions about the humanitarian localization discussion in three contexts: a region of Haiti recovering from a hurricane, displacement and political crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan, and the pressures of migration, conflict, and climate change in Colombia.

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