Teddy Atim

Teddy AtimResearcher

Working with Feinstein Since: 2008
Based in: Uganda

Teddy Atim is a visiting fellow at the Feinstein International Center, where she collaborates on various research projects. She has more 15 years of experience working as a practitioner and researcher in humanitarian emergencies and post conflict settings. Her work is mainly focused in Uganda and she has also collaborated on research in other conflict affected states in Africa, including Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Niger. Her research examines how experiencing armed conflict, forced conscription, sexual violence, forced impregnation and child bearing, killings and forced disappearance, and loss of livelihoods impacts the lives of affected populations, both during and in the aftermath of conflict. She also studies the psychosocial impacts of armed conflict, recovery, transitional justice, and serious crimes.

Teddy also has extensive experience as a practitioner, working with children, women, young people, families, and communities affected by armed conflict. She worked with various national and international organizations to provide humanitarian assistance, including grant making in humanitarian situations, peace building, and recovery.

She holds a B.A. in social sciences from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, an M.A. in humanitarian assistance from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in humanitarian/development studies from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Research Interests:
  • Children and youth in challenging contexts or situations
  • The impact of armed conflict, particularly, serious crimes and how survivors/victims rebuild in the aftermath
  • Recovery and transitional justice measures, specifically, remedy and reparation
  • Gender and armed conflict, preceding, during, and after conflict
Regional Focus:
  • East Africa
  • West Africa

News Items

Managing life after war: How young people in Uganda are coping
January 15, 2019

Teddy Atim, Tufts University People in Uganda bear long term physical, emotional, social and economic scars from the years of deadly conflict. EPA/Stephen Morrison For over two decades between 1986…

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Teddy Atim’s testimony at ICC covered by TuftsNow
July 25, 2018

In May, Teddy Atim was an expert witness at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the ongoing trial of Lord’s Resistance Army Commander Dominic Ongwen. The court charged Ongwen with…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Feed the Future Uganda One Nutrition in Complex Environments

The One Nutrition in Complex Environments (ONCE) study tests a new way of preventing and addressing acute malnutrition through a cluster-randomized trial.

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Justice and Accountability in Northern Uganda

This project seeks to provide timely, precise, and insightful documentary evidence and analysis, drawing on our investigation into how victims and survivors view and experience these justice mechanisms. We aim to inform the processes as well as policies and responses that emerge as the processes unfold.

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Feinstein Publications

Schools out: Why northern Uganda’s girls and boys are not getting an education and what to do about it
education dropout in Uganda

This working paper presents findings from research examining the sharp decrease in girls and boys school attendance that was witnessed between 2013–2018 in northern Uganda.

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“Young people are the fulcrum of the community”: Youth experiences and aspirations in four districts of Karamoja, Uganda

This report presents findings on the experiences and aspirations of male and female youth as they interact with the economic and aid systems in the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda. This…

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