Karen Snyder is a Visiting Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues from January 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018. She is a biocultural anthropologist, public health expert and professional evaluator with over 20 years’ experience improving policies and practices in anti-trafficking, health and the environment.
Karen has expertise in strategic planning, project implementation and program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative methods, outreach and communication in the academic, non—profit, government and philanthropic sectors. She has had practical involvement with diverse issues and populations including people in slavery conditions, female workers, immigrant communities, Aboriginal and refugee populations, HIV/AIDS, maternal child health, and environmental health in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
She has taught graduate courses in Program Planning and Evaluation, and undergraduate courses in Global Health. She utilizes gender and culturally-sensitive perspectives in all her work.
As a Visiting Fellow at the Liu Institute, Karen will build on knowledge and expertise gained as the Director of Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation at Free the Slaves, an NGO working to end slavery in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean through a holistic, community-based model.
Her research will focus on the trade offs and risk calculations for people living in extremely vulnerable situations and the potential policies and practices that might reduce these risks for themselves and their families. This includes documenting the “freedom dividend” and long term sustainability of anti-slavery interventions, and the integration of anti-slavery approaches into development programs and policies. Additional interests include the effects of supply chain management on local community outcomes and the links between climate change and vulnerability to modern slavery.