Teddy Atim

Teddy AtimResearcher

Working with Feinstein Since: 2008
Based in: Uganda

Teddy Atim leads research on recovery, transitional justice, and reparations in northern Uganda. Her work focuses on the impact of serious crimes resulting from the conflict between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels.

She is part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC), a DFID-funded multi-country, multi-year study on livelihoods, basic services, and social protection. She also conducted research for the Karamoja Resilience Support Unit project funded by USAID. This project supports the development of both short- and long-term development strategies in Karamoja, Uganda.

Prior to joining Feinstein, Teddy worked as a practitioner with various national and international organizations in Uganda including the Concerned Parents Association, Save the Children, CARE International, American Jewish World Service, and the Democratic Governance Facility. With these organizations she supported the rehabilitation, reintegration, and recovery of conflicted-affected people in northern Uganda with emphasis on gender, youth, and children.

Teddy holds a B.A. in social sciences from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She has 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, where she was a Ford Foundation Fellow. Presently, she is in the final year of her Ph.D. at Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Research Interests:
  • Recovery, transitional justice, and reparations
  • Serious crimes
  • Gender, youth, children
Regional Focus:
  • Uganda

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

One Nutrition in Complex Environments (ONCE)

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

‘She told me that life here is so easy’: Urban migration of Acholi youth, Uganda

This working paper presents findings on the migration of youth from Acholi, Uganda to the urban areas of Gulu and Pabbo in northern Uganda, and to the Acholi Quarter neighborhood in Kampala.

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The state of the war-wounded in northern Uganda

This large-scale study from northern Uganda investigates how experiences of alleged war crimes or crimes against humanity relate to victims’ disability and how these experiences affect food security, wealth and access to basic services, including their access to basic and therapeutic healthcare over time.

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