Lucas Stephens

Policy Associate, Internet of Water

Water Policy Program, Nicholas Institute, Duke University


Lucas Stephens is a Policy Associate for the Water Policy Program and the Internet of Water.

Lucas leads the Internet of Water’s policy program, educating lawmakers and decision-makers about the benefits of modern water data infrastructure. He is interested in the connections between land use and water, and the social structures that tie them together. Before joining the Nicholas Institute, Lucas worked for the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago, analyzing scientific research and developing policy solutions for a variety of Great Lakes water quality issues. Lucas earned a Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied human-environment interactions in the civilizations of central Anatolia 3,000 years in the past. He tries to apply this long-term perspective to current challenges.