Elizabeth Ferris

Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution

Elizabeth Ferris is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-director of the Brookings–LSE Project on Internal Displacement. Her most recent book, The Politics of Protection: The Limits of Humanitarian Action, was published in 2011.


  • Megatrends and the future of humanitarian action

    This article assesses the implications of six megatrends for humanitarian action in the future, including changes in demography, technology and science, economics, political power, climate, and patterns of conflict.

  • Faith-based and secular humanitarian organizations

    Faith-based organizations share many characteristics with their secular counterparts and this article identifies some of these similarities as well as some of the differences. It also highlights some of the differences within the faith-based community, particularly between Christian organizations involved in humanitarian assistance.