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Faculty Profile

College of Integrative Studies CIS


Full-time Faculty
Associate Professor of Urban Sustainability; Urban Fellow, SMU Urban Institute; Lee Kong Chian Fellow

Terry van Gevelt is Associate Professor of Urban Sustainability and Lee Kong Chian Fellow at the College of Integrative Studies, Singapore Management University. Terry is an interdisciplinary social scientist focused on bridging the sustainability science-policy divide. His current research programme focuses on communicating the impacts of complex and uncertain climate impacts to diverse stakeholders; and examining how technical solutions to sustainability challenges operate within the wider social, economic, and institutional context. Terry is currently Lead Principal Investigator for a Climate Impact Science Research Programme (CISRP) grant (S$1.49 million) funded by the National Environment Agency, Singapore. His research has been published in leading interdisciplinary journals, including Nature Climate Change, Global Environmental Change, Climatic Change and Environmental Science and Policy. Terry holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Warwick and MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge. 


  • PhD in Environment and Development Studies, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, 2014
  • MPhil in Development Studies, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, 2009
  • BSc (Hons.) in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Warwick, UK, 2008

Research Interests

  • Sustainability Science and Policy
  • Climate Change
  • Urban Resilience

Course(s) Taught in SMU

  • Big Questions
  • Studying Cities: Research Methods
  • Methods Across Majors: Interdisciplinary Research