Kristen Evans

CIFOR Associate

Kristen Evans has worked as a multi-disciplinary social science research consultant with CIFOR since 2004 across various research programs on projects exploring gender and access rights in the forest-farm interface, social inclusion in multi-stakeholder forums, collaborative monitoring in forest landscape restoration, participatory governance monitoring, gender and tenure in Indigenous territories and the use of participatory methods in forested landscapes. Her particular focus is on developing innovative approaches for engaging under-represented groups in social learning processes. She has coordinated projects, conducted research and/or trained field teams in Bolivia, Peru, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Ghana and Burkina Faso as well as in global comparative studies. She has conducted workshops at a range of venues, from rural villages to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science and Humanities and Makerere University in Uganda. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and training resources related to gender, social inclusion, accountability, governance and participation. She received her MA from Tulane University (2011), studying the perceptions of REDD+ among Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon, and her BA from Rice University (1995) in biochemistry.