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Feinstein International Center

The Feinstein International Center (FIC) is a research and teaching center based at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. The Center promotes the use of evidence and learning in operational and policy responses to protect and strengthen the lives, livelihoods, and dignity of people affected by humanitarian crises.[1]

Feinstein International Center
Founded1997 (1997)
TypePrivate Non-profit
FocusKnowledge production regarding marginalized populations in crises
Area served
ProductResearch, knowledge, and teaching
Formerly called
Feinstein International Famine Center

History and profileEdit

The center was founded in 1997 as the Feinstein International Famine Center with an endowment from Alan Shawn Feinstein. The Center was originally set up as a tribute to the victims of the Irish famine (1840-1846) on its 150th anniversary. It was established as one of two centers of learning on famine, one at the Friedman School in Boston, USA, a city that has a large Irish immigrant population, and one at Cork University in Ireland.[2] In 2006, the Center was renamed the Feinstein International Center (FIC).

Today, FIC has a research and teaching agenda that includes nutrition, food security, livelihoods, refugees, migration, urbanization, pastoralism, humanitarian systems and response, human rights, gender analysis, women's and children's right, protection,[3] war crimes, remedy and reparation.  Faculty and staff conduct field-based research with conflict and crises affected populations, local and national leaders, humanitarian and development agencies, government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), International NGOs, and international organizations.  

FIC faculty and staff are based around the world, including in Boston, MA, New York, NY, London, UK, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda.

Research focus and publicationsEdit

FIC faculty and researchers work with local and international partners to conduct and share research on a variety of factors in humanitarian contexts. Its current research focuses within the following themes:[4]

FIC’s publications[5] are regularly made available to humanitarian actors through its own website and distribution network and a variety of partners, including ReliefWeb,[6] a UN website for humanitarian actors.

In 2019 FIC published its 2019-2022 Strategic Plan.

Teaching at TuftsEdit

Feinstein faculty teach graduate level courses and advise Masters and Doctoral students primarily at two Tufts University schools:the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Courses are offered on the following areas:

  • Field Research Methods
  • Forced Migration
  • Gender and Culture in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Gender and Human Security in Transitional States and Societies
  • Humanitarian Action in Complex Emergencies
  • International Humanitarian Response

FIC administers a Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) degree that is offered jointly by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The MAHA program is designed for mid-career professionals from government, international, national and private organizations and agencies who expect to continue working in related fields. The recruitment and admissions process seeks to attract a mix of people from different countries, backgrounds, and experiences to create an environment where participants learn from both the classroom experience and from each other. Additionally, FIC provides technical assistance and training globally.  


  1. ^ "Tufts – Feinstein International Center Mission Statement". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  2. ^ "Feinstein International Famine Centre on ENN". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  3. ^ "ICRC Protection Policy". 2008-09-30. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  4. ^ "Research Themes: Tufts – Feinstein International Center". Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Publications:Tufts – Feinstein International Center". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  6. ^ Tufts University Feinstein International Center Publications | ReliefWeb. (2014). Retrieved January 31, 2014, from University

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