Andrei Kirilenko, Ph.D.

Andrei KirilenkoAssociate Professor, Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computing Center of Russian Academy of Science
M.S. in Applied Mathematics, Moscow State University, Russia
Postdoctoral research: US Environmental Protection Agency, Corvallis, OR; European Forest Institute, Joensuu, Finland

Curriculum Vitae

Office: FLG 240B
Address: P.O. Box 118208, Gainesville, FL 32611-8208
Contact: (352) 294-1648


Andrei Kirilenko, Ph.D. is an associate professor at the Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management at the University of Florida. His current research projects include: (1) Public discourse on climate change in social media and newspapers (sponsored by NSF); (2) People as sensors: flood monitoring through Twitter communication data mining; (3) Communication on mega-sports events in social networks; and (4) Climate change, land use change, and agriculture on the Northern Great Plains (sponsored by NSF). He also serves as a coordinating leading author on climate change in the United Nations Environmental Program Global Environmental Outlook assessment.

The area of Dr. Kirilenko’s research is broadly described as interaction between humans and environment with concentration on the impacts of climate change and sustainability issues. He is especially interested in the research of social and mass media and big data analysis. The initial scientific interests of Dr. Kirilenko were in environmental impacts of climate change: he did a postdoctoral study at the US EPA, studying climate change impacts on forests, was a visiting fellow at the European Forest Institute in Finland, working on climate change impacts on wildfires, and had a long-term collaboration with the University of Kassel (Germany) modeling climate change impact on agriculture of Russia. Later in the scientific career, Dr. Kirilenko developed an interest in studying interactions between changes in natural systems and society, such as the issues of sustainability, adaptation to and mitigation of the climate change impacts, and risk management. He held an Associate Researcher position working on modeling land use change and city sprawl at Purdue University and an Associate Professor position with the University of North Dakota studying environmental and social impacts of climate change in the US Northern Great Plains and in Central Asia. In the 2007 IPCC report on climate change, awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Kirilenko served as a leading author in a chapter on food, fisheries, and forestry.

Currently, Dr. Kirilenko is increasingly involved in multidisciplinary studies, which include scholars in both natural and social sciences such as political and tourism research. One of the examples of such projects is a study of the difference in attitudes of the US and UK mass-media towards applying the “precautionary principle” to environmental protection. Dr. Kirilenko is especially interested in data from social networks such as Twitter and Flickr. Starting in 2012, he have been capturing the entire stream of Twitter messages related to climate change in six languages (~5 million messages to date); this data is being used in a study of factors affecting public attitudes towards global warming. He is compiling social media databases on other topics, related to risk management, such as the 2013 historic Alberta flood, 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, and Flickr photographs made by American tourists in Russia. Dr. Kirilenko considers the “people as sensors” concept of mining the social media for geographically distributed data on people and environment one of the research priorities. Dr. Kirilenko’s research is published in internationally renowned academic journals such as the Proceedings of National Academy of Science, Global Environmental Change and Journal of Travel Research. Throughout the year, Dr. Kirilenko presents his work at several national and international conferences.

Research Interests

  • Social networks and mass media data mining.
  • Climate changes impacts on people and environment.
  • Sustainability, resilience, and adaptation to climate change impacts.


  • HLP 6535 Research Methods