Tom Evans

About Tom Evans

Tom Evans joined SGD faculty in January 2018. His current work focuses primarily on agricultural decision-making, food security and environmental governance but past projects related to deforestation/reforestation, urban ecosystems, community resilience. Much of his work involves the integration of household-level analysis with environmental data. Methodologically his research utilizes techniques from spatial analysis, GIS, remote sensing, econometric analysis and simulation modeling.

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CNH2-L: Linkages and Interactions Between Urban Food Security and Rural Agricultural Systems (National Science Foundation, DEB-1924309)

Understanding Cross-Scale Interactions of Trade and Food Policy to Improve Resilience to Drought Risk (National Science Foundation, BCS-1534544)

Impacts of Agricultural Decision Making and Adaptive Management on Food Security (National Science Foundation, SES-1360463)

Research Interests

Coupled Natural-Human Systems, Envirionmental Governance, Social-Ecological Systems, Agriculture, Food Security, Water Security, Rural-Urban Telecouplings

Selected Publications

2019 publications, for complete publication history see here:
Van Bers, C., Erikson, S., Korhonen-Kurki, K., Purdon, M., Evans, TP, Delaney, A., Vasileiou, I., Cramer, L., Eakin, H., Pahl-Wostl, C., Jones, L., and Oberlack, C. In press. Advancing the Research Agenda on Food Systems Governance and Transformation. Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability.
Tuholske, C., Caylor, K., Evans, TP and Avery, R. 2019. Variability in Urban Population Distributions Across Africa. Environmental Research Letters. 14(8):085009.
Waldman, K., Attari, S., Gower, D., Giroux, S., Caylor, K., and Evans, TP. 2019. The salience of climate change in farmer decision making within smallholder semi-arid agroecosystems. Climatic Change.
Giroux, S., Kouper, I., Estes, L., Schumacher, J., Waldman, K., Caylor, K., Evans, TP. 2019. A High-Frequency Mobile Phone Data Collection Approach for Research in Social-Environmental Systems: Applications in Climate Variability and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Environmental Modelling & Software, 119:57-69.
Verberg, P., Alexander, P., Evans, T., Magliocca, N., Malek, Z., Rounsvell, M., and van Vilet, J. 2019. Beyond land cover change: Towards a new generation of Land Use Models. Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability, 38: 77-85.
Waldman, K.B., Vergopolan, N., Estes, L.D., Attari, S.Z, Sheffield, J., Caylor, K.K., and Evans, TP 2019. Cognitive biases about climate variability in smallholder farming systems in Zambia. Weather, Climate and Society.
Washington-Ottombre, C., and Evans, TP 2019. Exploring relationships between the institutional success and length of tenure in a Kenyan irrigation scheme. International Journal of the Commons, 13(1):328-351.


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Contact Information

Tom Evans


PhD, Geography, University of North Carolina, 1998

BA, Geography, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VIrginia Tech), 1989

Courses Taught

G330 Introduction to Remote Sensing