LDe StefanoLucia De Stefano is Associate Professor at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), where she teaches hydrology and hydrogeology. She is also an international consultant, having worked for USAID, The World Bank, University of Oxford and Oregon State University. Her previous position was as a senior research fellow at the Water Observatory of the Botín Foundation, a Spanish think-tank working on water policy in Spain and Latin America. She has been a research assistant at Oregon State University, USA, working on 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. Lucia has worked as a policy officer for WWF, the international environmental NGO and as a water management specialist in the private sector. A hydrogeologist by training, she obtained her advanced degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Pavia (Italy), and holds a PhD on evaluation of water policies from Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

She received formal training in water conflict management and negotiation at Oregon State University, USA; and UNESCO-IHE in Delft, the Netherlands. Her main fields of interest are public policy evaluation, multi-level water planning, drought management and vulnerability, groundwater management, transboundary waters, and the assessment of good governance attributes, with a special focus on information transparency.