Mark A. Constas

Mark Constas

Associate Professor

340e Warren Hall
(607) 255-1430

As an International Professor of Agriculture in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management Professor Constas’ work is focused on specifying designs for monitoring and evaluation that demonstrate technical rigor and generate results that have high practical utility.

Research Focus

Mark A. Constas is an Associate Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University and an International Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is also a Fellow in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Global Sustainable Enterprise in the Johnson School of Management. With a specialization in impact evaluation and measurement, his research seeks to develop and test assessment tools to measure the ways in which households and communities achieve and maintain well-being in shock-prone contexts. His research is presently focused in the sub-Saharan region of Africa where droughts, environmental stresses, and political conflict undermine the livelihoods and threaten the well-being of vulnerable populations. He has recently initiated a set of projects that are focused on resilience measurement in Somalia and Kenya, working in close coordination with regional organizations and governmental authorities. Professor Constas is currently serving as Chair of the Resilience Measurement Technical Working Group, an effort jointly coordinated by The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and The World Food Programme. Professor Constas' work has been published in peer review journals and in other forms of publication. His most recent work has appeared in the journal of Food Security (with Tim Frankenberger), in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (with Chris Barrett), and in reports issued by the Food Security Information Network.

Teaching Focus

Research methodology, program evaluation, evaluation and development, environmental marketing, leadership theory and practice

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  • Barrett, C., & Constas, M. A. (2014). Toward a Theory of Resilience for International Development Applications. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 111:14625-14630.

Presentations and Activities

  • Resilience to avoid chronic poverty: Theoretical foundations and measurement principles. October 2013. American Evaluation Association . Washington, D.C..