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Simon Levine

Senior Research Fellow

  • Humanitarian Policy Group
Portrait of Simon Levine

Simon spent many years working for NGOs in Mozambique, Cambodia, Tanzania and Burundi, before working as a consultant based in Uganda for nine years. He specialises in livelihoods and vulnerability analysis, land rights, and in early response in humanitarian crises.

Simon Levine is a Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Policy group at ODI, London, where he now worries most about livelihoods, protracted crises and resilience. He worked on a variety of development programmes for NGOs for many years, usually in war and post-war contexts such as Mozambique, Cambodia and Burundi. He then spent nine years living in Uganda, working across Eastern and Central Africa and the Horn of Africa specialising in livelihoods, vulnerability analysis and early response. In Uganda he also developed a passion for land rights, on which he worked extensively. Since returning to England in 2010 to work at ODI, he continues to want the humanitarian system to get fixed and wishes that more research was able to contribute something that actually helped that to happen.

  1. Shock-responsive social protection systems: literature review


  2. System failure? Why humanitarian assistance can’t meet its objectives without systems thinking—and why it finds it so hard to use it

    Book/book chapter

  3. Topic Guide: anticipating and responding to shocks

    Research reports

  4. What happens to markets in crises?


  5. Markets in crises: a humanitarian or development problem?


  6. Building resilience and managing risk in fragile and conflict-affected states

    Research reports

  7. Cash, vouchers or in-kind? Guidance on evaluating how transfers are made in emergency programming

    Research reports

  8. Five years on, it’s time to go back to Haiti

  9. Did the 2004 tsunami change emergency aid forever?

  10. Resilience: uncensored


  11. How to study livelihoods: Bringing a sustainable livelihoods framework to life

    Working papers

  12. Political flag or conceptual umbrella? Why progress on resilience must be freed from the constraints of technical arguments

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. How to support resilience in 10 not-so-easy steps

  14. Assessing resilience: why quantification misses the point

    Working papers

  15. Remaking the case for linking relief, rehabilitation and development

    Research reports

  16. Supporting resilience in difficult places

    Research reports

  17. Markets in crises and transitions: London roundtable


  18. Finally, things have got interesting!

  19. Bringing climate change aid into the real world?


  20. 10 things not to do with climate aid

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