Lucas Rutting works as a Scenarios and Policy researcher at the Environmental Governance Group, Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University.
He coordinates the CCAFS scenarios work in East and West Africa, which is at the interface of science and policy. As such, he collaborates closely with CGIAR centers and other partners in these regions, to bring together key stakeholders and develop combined climate and socio-economic scenarios to improve policies or plans regarding agriculture, rural livelihoods, and food security, at the regional, national and local level.
In addition, Lucas is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University. His research focuses on how foresight methodology and complex systems science can be utilized and tailored to enhance environmental and land-use related governance.
Lucas was trained as ecologist and natural resources manager. Prior to joining the Environmental Governance Group, he worked as a researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University and as a lecturer at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Amsterdam for five years. His teaching was focused on a range of interdisciplinary themes, including (socio-ecological) systems, complexity science and scenarios thinking.