I am postdoctoral research associate at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University. Prior to beginning my work here, I completed my PhD in Geography at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. My research explores the human dimensions of environmental change, employing mixed methods to understand human-environment relationships. Primarily drawing from methods and theories in land change science and political ecology, my work spans and seeks to integrate topics related to livelihoods, food systems, and land cover change.

My recently completed dissertation research examined the intersections of development and conservation efforts in rural Tanzania, with particular attention to food security and resource dependence. This work was supported by a Boren Fellowship, a Borlaug Fellowship for Global Food Security, and an NSF Dissertation Development and Improvement Grant. Prior to this, I worked on an array of projects to understand land change in Arizona, and the implications for different water resources and the urban heat island.

Before arriving at ASU, I was a staff research associate in the Kelly Lab at the University of California Berkeley, where I primarily supported the citizen science project, I received my BA in Geography (Minor Spanish) and MA in Geographic Information Science from Clark University, where my work as a Human Environment Regional Observatory Fellow focused on developing new methods for land change analysis. Full details on my research endeavors and related publications can be found under the research section of this page.


A complete copy of my CV can be viewed or downloaded as a PDF here. Please use the contact information below to send any inquiries about specific research endeavors or to obtain copies of publications. Further details about my current and past research can be found under the research link on this page.



Mailing Address:

John Connors
Pardee Center
67 Bay State Rd.
Boston, MA 02215

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