Brian Lucas

Manager, GSDRC

International Development Department

Brian Lucas

Contact details

International Development Department
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

About

Project manager specialising in knowledge management and information technology solutions for international development and environmental information applications. Experienced as a manager, communicator, and educator in the public, private, and NGO sectors.

Qualifications

MSc Management of Non-Governmental Organisations (London School of Economics)

MSc Civil Engineering (University of Manitoba, Canada)

Biography

Project manager specialising in knowledge management and information technology solutions for international development and environmental information applications. Experienced as a manager, communicator, and educator in the public, private, and NGO sectors.

Manager of the GSDRC, a knowledge management centre that provides rapid-response research to major international development agencies to support policy development and project implementation. Teaches Knowledge Management and e-Governance.

Knowledge manager for the Learning Network on Capacity Development, an international network sharing experience and lessons on capacity development.

Lecturer in development management at the University of Agder Centre for Development Studies.

Prior experience includes:

  • Manager, information services unit, GRID-Arendal, United Nations Environment Programme (environmental information centre, Norway)
  • Web and database developer, CUSO / Fundación Acceso (capacity-building NGO, Costa Rica)
  • Director, manager, and workshop facilitator, The Global Change Game (environment and development education NGO, Canada)
  • Director and Vice-president Publishing, Internet Solutions, Inc. (Internet service provider and web site publishing company, Canada)
  • Proprietor, Lucas Internet (web site publishing business, Canada)

Research

Research and academic interests

  • Knowledge and information management
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Environment and sustainable development
  • E-Governance
  • Management of non-governmental organisations
  • Distance learning

Current and recent projects

  • Manager, GSDRC
  • Various short desk-based research projects as part of the GSDRC rapid-response research Helpdesk (UK DFID, Australian DFAT, European Commission)

Publications

Woodhatch, T., Casazza, A., Lucas, B., and Werter, F. (2011) Capacity Results: Case stories on capacity development and sustainable results. Learning Network on Capacity Development.

Bakrania, Shiv and Lucas, Brian (2009) The impact of the financial crisis on conflict and state fragility in Sub-Saharan Africa. Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

Denisov, Nickolai, Ieva Rucevska, Brian Lucas, Otto Simonett, Claudia Heberlein, and Hugo Ahlenius (2003) "Addressing environmental information efforts: The impact-of-information chain" in Environmental Information in European Transboundary Water Management, J. Timmerman and S. Langaas, eds.,  IWA Publishing.

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