Dr Kristen Lyons
Dr Kristen Lyons
Associate Professor

Phone:  (+61 7) 336 52020
Fax:  (+61 7) 336 51544

Room 416, Level 4,
Michie Building (#9), St Lucia Campus


Bachelor of Environmental Science Griffith University, Australia (1991 – 1993)
Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours Griffith University, Australia (1994 – 1995)
PhD - Central Queensland University, Australia (1995 – 2001)
Thesis title: Situated Knowledges, Science and Gender: A Sociology of Organic Agriculture in Australia and New Zealand
Permaculture Design Certificate (Crystal Waters Eco Village, Queensland, Australia, 2001)

Professional activities:

Member – African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific
Member – Agri-Food Research Network
Member – Organic Standards Committee, Biological Farmers of Australia
Member – Editorial Board, Journal of Organic Systems


2001 – 2010: Senior Lecturer in Science, Technology and Society, School of Biomolecluar and Physical Sciences, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland Australia.
2009: Visiting Scholar, Centre for African Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
2005: Visiting Scholar and Lecturer in Rural Sociology, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
1999 – 2001: Lecturer in Sociology, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia

Research interests:
  • sociology of agriculture and food
  • agriculture, the environment and development in Africa
  • social justice and development
  • new technologies, gender and the environment
  • nanotechnologies
  • governance and public engagement

 Please follow this link to find out more about Associate Professor Lyon’s research profile.

Recent Research Projects:

Blumfield, T., Haines, R., Bacon, G., Xu, Z., Reverchon, F., Hopewell, G., Bailliere, H., Redman, A., Lyons, K., Walters, P., Raomae, R., Lowry, J., Gomese, L., Whitehead, P. and Zekele, P. (2013-2017) ‘Enhancing Economic Opportunities Offered by Community and Smallholder Forestry in the Solomon Islands’. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
Blumfield, T., Bacon, G., Lyons, K. and Tutua, S. (2012) ‘Development of a Market Mechanism for Teak and Other High Value Timber in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands’. Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI) Research Activity (PRA)
Burton, P., Lyons, K., Richards, C. and Amati, M. (2011) ‘Ensuring Secure Food Supplies for Australia Under Climate Change’. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF). Research Program: Synthesis and Integrative – Stage 3a.
Lawrence, G., Burch, D., Lyons, K. and Richards, C. (2010) ‘The New Farm Owners: Finance Companies and the Restructuring of Australian and Global Agriculture’. Australian Research Council Discovery – Project Grant. 

Representative Publications:

Lyons, K. and Westoby, P. (2014) Carbon Colonialism and the New Land Grab: Plantation Forestry in Uganda and Its Livelihood Impacts, Journal of Rural Studies. Vol. 36. Pp. 13 – 21.
Lyons, K. (2014) ‘Urban Food Advocates’ Tactics to Rebuild Food Systems: Convergence and Divergence in Food Security and Food Sovereignty Discourses’, Dialogues in Human Geography. Vol. 4 Issue 2 July 2014 pp. 212 - 217.
Lyons, K. (2014) ‘Partner or Perish’? The Convergence of Public and Private Interests Pose New Questions for Controversial University Science Research, Chain Reaction, Magazine of Friends of the Earth Australia, June.
Lyons, K. and Richards, C. (2013) ‘Mining the Integrity out of Australian Universities? Arena. No. 124. pp. 7-9.
Lyons, K. (2013) ‘Governing Organic Food Exporting: Possibilities for Democratic Engagement and Impacts for Smallholder Farmers’. International Journal of the Sociology of Agriculture and Food. Vol. 20, No. 3.
Lyons, K., Richards, C., DesFours, L. and Amati, M. (2013) ‘Food in the City: Urban Food Movements and the (Re)-Imagining of Urban Spaces’. Australian Planner. Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 157-163.
Lyons, K. and Whelan, J. (2013) ‘Can Government Fulfil its Commitment to Engage the Public about Nanotechnology?’ Social Alternatives. Issue 4.
Lyons, K. (2013) ‘Critical Engagement, Activist/Academic Subjectivities and Organic Agri-Food Research in Uganda’. Local Environment. Pp.1-15.
Lawrence, G., Richards, C. And Lyons, K. (2013) ‘Food Security ‘Down Under’: Responses to Australia’s Food Security Challenge’. Journal of Rural Studies. Special Issue: Food Security: Emerging Perspectives and Responses. Vol. 29, pp. 30-39.
Lawrence, G., Lyons, K. and Wallington, T. (eds.) (2010, 2011) Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability New Challenges – Future Options. Earthscan, London.

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