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Dr. Amanda Phillips de Lucas

Urban Ecologist | PhD, Virginia Tech

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Amanda K Phillips de Lucas is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech in 2018. Her dissertation examined the history of ‘highway to nowhere’ a remnant of a once imagined, but never completed arterial interstate system in Baltimore, Maryland. This research demonstrated how planners, engineers, and other technically oriented professions merge ideology and knowledge as they plan infrastructural transformations of space.

Her current research project with Cary Institute is titled "Making Green Infrastructure (GI) Equitable." This project builds on research done in collaboration with Dr. J. Morgan Grove (U.S. Forest Service) and Dr. Steward Pickett (Cary Institute) where she conducted semi-structured interviews and archival research to learn about the history, management, and governance of sustainable stormwater solutions. She is in the process of building tools to address systemic lapses that emerge upon the introduction of sustainable infrastructure into urban spaces. A recent product is the white paper, Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Maintaining Equitable Systems

When she is not conducting research, Amanda enjoys trail running, hiking, contortion, knitting, and bothering her lovable but curmudgeonly dog, Brioche.