Lukas Brun, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow


Lukas Brun is a Faculty Fellow at the Duke World Food Policy Center, where he conducts research on global food systems, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government, where he teaches a graduate research methods course. His research examines how governance systems affect economic, social, and environmental outcomes. Brun defines governance systems as policies, practices, or norms that structure, enable, and constrain inter-organizational relationships, which can span from the global to the local level. Prior to joining the GFPC, Brun worked with the Duke Global Value Chains Center where he conducted research addressing development issues for governments, foundations, and international development organizations, primarily utilizing a value chain perspective.

Food-related research projects completed by Lukas include analyzing the adoption of innovation by smallholder farmers in Sub-Sahara Africa, water use mitigation in the Mexicali Valley (Mexico) food system, and co-leading a three-year project examining wheat, food manufacturing, and the transportation and logistics sector in Kazakhstan. Brun has presented his food-related research as an invited speaker in numerous public forums, including at Ca'Foscari University (Italy), Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan), and IFAD (Rome).  Lukas received a Ph.D. from the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University, an M.P.A. from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government, an M.A. in Political Science (International Political Economy) from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a B.S. in Political Science and B.A. in Economics from Texas Christian University. Lukas was born in Basel, Switzerland and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. After college, he worked as an economic consultant in Los Angeles for four years before attending graduate school and working in North Carolina. He resides in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his wife, Erin, and children, Audrey and Ethan.