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Mark A. Constas

Mark Constas

Associate Professor

340e Warren Hall
(607) 255-1430

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. His primary areas of expertise are in evaluation design and measurement, with applications to high poverty settings in developing countries. As a fellow of the Atkinson Center for Sustainable Future, he also maintains an interest in theories and practices related to sustainability. He also serves as a Faculty Fellow of the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition, a university-wide, cross-national initiative designed to strengthen connections between agriculture and nutrition for India-focused interventions, programs, and policies. Prior to joining the faculty of Cornell, Professor Constas worked for the federal government as a scientific advisor, and held academic appointments at the University of Hong Kong and at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Beyond his work in government and in academic settings, Professor Constas has also held full-time positions in the private sector as a consultant.

Research Focus

With a specialization in impact evaluation and measurement, Professor Constas’ research aims to develop assessment tools to measure the ways in which households and communities situated in stressed and shock prone contexts can achieve and maintain well-being (e.g., food security, economic security, and personal safety). The projects in which is he currently engaged are located in Somalia, Malawi, and India. Across all projects, his goal is to construct systems for data collection that will both advance theoretical formulations that will help explain observed variations in well-being and improve the effectiveness of related programs and interventions. Professor Constas is currently serving as the chair of the Resilience Measurement Technical Working Group, an effort jointly funded by the European Union and the United States Agency for International Development (under the direction of the Secretariat of the Food Security Information Network). His work has appeared in a selection of competitive peer reviewed journals intended for academic audiences and in other publication outlets intended for policy audiences. In addition to contributions made in the form of publications, Professor Constas regularly participates on expert panels on measurement and has provided consultancies to a number development-focused organizations including The World Food Programme, The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and The United Nations Development Programme.

Teaching Focus

Impact evaluation for developing countries, Writing competitive research proposals, sustainability marketing

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Research Reports

  • Constas, M. A. (2015). A Structurally Integrated Matrix of Indicators for Resilience. Technical Consultation of the Food Security Information Network and the African Union Committee, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Constas, M. A., Frankenberger, T., Hoddinott, J., Mock, N., Romano, D., Bene, C., & Maxwell, D. (2014). A Common Analytical Model for Resilience Measurement: Causal Framework and Methodological Options. Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program under the Food Security and Information Network.
  • Constas, M. A., Frankenburger, T., & Hoddinott, J. (2014). Resilience Measurement Principles: Toward an Agenda for Measurement Design. The Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program under the Food Security and Information Network.
  • Frankenberger, T., Constas, M. A., Nelson, S., & Starr, L. (2014). Resilience programing among nongovernmental organizations: Lessons for policy makers. Food Policy Report.

Presentations and Activities

  • Data Architecture for development resilience for ending drought emergencies. Information for Meeting Africa’s Agricultural Transformation and Food Security Goals. October 2014. African Union Commission and the Joint Research Centre of European Commission. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Resilience as an Analytical Strategy for Disaster Resilience and Conflict Resilience: Possible Benefits and Potential Pitfalls. Expert Roundtable on Fostering Resilience in Fragile and Conflict-affected Contexts. September 2014. United Nations Development Program. New York, NY.
  • The Need for Improved Metrics of Resilience: The Food Security and Information Network Technical Working Group on Resilience Measurement. International Food Policy Research Institute 2020 Conference: Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security. May 2014. International Food Policy Research Institute. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Enhancing Resilience Measurement and Analysis For Decision Making. European Resilience Forum. April 2014. European Union. Brussels, Belgium .
  • Resilience to avoid chronic poverty: Theoretical foundations and measurement principles. American Evaluation Association . October 2013. American Evaluation Association . Washington, D.C.