Lucia De Stefano, Deputy Director

Lucía De Stefano, Deputy Director of Water Observatory

Lucia De Stefano is Deputy Director of the Water Observatory of the Botín Foundation and Associate Professor at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). She is also an international consultant, having worked for USAID, The World Bank, University of Oxford and Oregon State University.

Since 2010 she has worked in several research projects about water policy in Spain and Latin America in the framework of the activities of the Water Observatory. Prior to 2010 she has been postdoctoral researcher at Oregon State University, USA, undertaking global studies on water conflicts and resilience to climate‐change‐induced water variability, and regional water governance benchmarking in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Previously she worked as a policy officer for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and as a water management specialist in the private sector.

She obtained her advanced degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Pavia (Italy), and holds a PhD on evaluation of water policy from Complutense University of Madrid. She received formal training in water conflict management and negotiation at Oregon State University, USA, and UNESCO‐IHE in Delft, the Netherlands. She has been visiting scholar at Oregon State University and University of Colorado-Boulder.

Her main fields of interest are public policy evaluation, multilevel water planning, drought management, groundwater governance, transboundary waters, and the assessment of good governance attributes from different disciplinary perspectives.



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