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
Rainwater harvesting in Switzerland? You might think this would be mainly useful for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East? No! We do harvest rain water even in Switzerland. For humans and animals alike. As you can see on the map below, mean annual precipitation in Switzerland varies from semi-arid conditions of 545 mm/year […]
A visit to Vallée de Joux and the Glacière de Monlési in Val de Travers If you enjoyed an iced summer drink in Paris beginning 20th century, it was very likely to have ice cubes originating from Vallée de Joux in Switzerland. Until the 1940ies it was a common habit to cut huge ice cubes […]
On August 4 2020, a huge explosion destroyed large parts of Beirut and made it largely inhabitable. Besides loss of livelihood of many individuals, the destruction of shops and small businesses is devastating and an existential threat. As I’ve been working and living in Beirut for many years I know several families who lost everything […]
Lucas Beck, PhD
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mobile: +41 79 575 89 76 (Switzerland)
mobile: +961 81 68 38 71 (Lebanon)
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