Environment and Water Resources
Lucas works at the intersection of environmental engineering and social sciences. He specifically is knowledgeable about the use, provision and management of water resources but other fields of natural resources management as well. He combines his technical expertise with systematic analysis of social, economic and political issues in order to come up with hands-on solutions to important real-world problems.
To view a selection of his current and past projects: News and Projects
Beck specializes in natural resources allocation procedures and the analysis/mitigation of associated conflicts. He has a strong interest and record in following and engaging in negotiations, cooperation design, mediation processes, and in the implementation of mitigation techniques related to conflicts.
In honor of his scientific work related to water conflicts, he was nominated for the Hans Erni Award by Jakob Kellenberger (then-president of the ICRC).
About Lucas Beck
Lucas Beck has long experience in the sustainable use of water resources, environment, and conflict mitigation. He works in the private and public sector, and also pursues his own projects. Lucas is a generalist in his field. He likes to work hands on and tries to combine work with a genuine passion for nature and outdoor activities.
So far Lucas Beck gained considerable experience in highly sensitive and culturally-diverse environments, including those in Africa, Asia, Central America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
Lucas Beck received his master’s degree in rural engineering from ETH Zürich in 2002. Following this, he worked as a practitioner and hydraulic engineer for projects in Switzerland and, in the humanitarian context, in Africa and Eastern Europe.
In 2010, he received his Ph.D from the Center for Comparative and International Studies at ETH Zurich, during which time he undertook extensive research into water use, water conflicts and water allocation in international river basins.
Despite his education and experience in research and academia, Lucas remains very down to earth and likes to interact in diverse environments as close as possible to the beneficiaries of his work.
News and Projects
In 2017, an estimated 700,000 Rohingya refugees fled across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district. Adding to a refugee population of 200,000 already living there. The response by the international community since then has been tremendous with numerous International Organisations (NGOs, IGOs, INGOs, etc) providing emergency services to the refugees. The Project […]
In the week from 26 to 29 October 2020 I had the pleasure to facilitate a workshop in Water Diplomacy, organized by United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The workshop included negotiation training, power mapping, insights in legal background and of course many discussions about International River Basins and water related challenges. Participants […]
“What is most needed in the Middle East is investment in human capital and resources.” See my first publication in Arabic on www.swissinfo.ch من أجل تجنب وقوع كارثة جديدة مثل انفجار بيروت في الرابع من أغسطس، فإننا بحاجة إلى إنشاء هياكل مستقرة محليًا وخلق مناخ جيد وبيئة قادرة على استثمار الموارد المتاحة بنجاح، يقول لوكاس بيك، مهندس […]
Lucas Beck, PhD
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