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 – Nanotechnology Reference Group, Friends of the Earth 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:

Burton, P., Lyons, K., Richards, C. and Amati, M. (2011) National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) Research Program: Synthesis and Integrative – Stage 3a. Ensuring Secure Food Supplies for Australia Under Climate Change ($96,000). View the report online here.

Lyons, K. (2011) UQ Travel Award, August, to visit host institution Makerere University, Uganda, and to undertake fieldwork in Uganda ($2592).

Lyons, K. (2011) The Politics of Food Security in A Global Age: Community Impacts and Responses to Biofuel Production in Ghana, West Africa, University of Queensland New Staff Research Start-Up Grant ($11,900)
Smith, K., Lyons, K. and Larder, N. (2011) Understanding Australia¹s contribution to food security in the global South, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland. ($10,000)
Lawrence, G., Burch, D., Lyons, K. and Richards, C. (2010) The New Farm Owners: Finance Companies and the Restructuring of Australian and Global Agriculture, ($456,000). Australian ResearchCouncil Discovery – Project Grant

Lyons, K. (2008) Nanotechnologies, Public Participation and the Future of Australian Food and Agriculture, ($12,600). Griffith University Research Grant.

Lyons, K. and Burch, D. (Nov 2007) Socio-Economic Impacts of Organic Agriculture in Africa, ($19,785) International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) Bonn, Germany.

Burch, D., Lawrence, G., Rickson, R. and Lyons, K. (2003) Globalisation, Sustaining Rural Livelihoods and Organics: The Impacts of the Transformation in the Production and Consumption of Organic Foods, ($175,000) ARC Discovery – Project Grant.

Whelan, J. and Lyons, K. (2003) A Critical Analysis of Three Community Initiated Sustainability Interventions in South East Queensland, ($5128) Griffith University New Research Grant Scheme.

Burch, D., Lyons, K. and Monk, A. (2003) Equivalency of Imported Organic Product, ($20,000) RIRDC Organic Sub-Program.

Burch, D. Monk, A. and Lyons, K. (2001) Standards Setting and Regulatory Equivalence for Organic Foods in the APEC Region. ($63,903) Department of Industry, Science and Resources. APEC Market Integration Program Application.


Representative publications:


Larder, N., Lyons, K. and Woolcock, G. (2012 in submission) ‘Enacting food sovereignty: values and meanings in the act of domestic food production in urban Australia’ Local Environment.
Lyons, K. (2012 in submission) ‘Critical engagement, activist/academic subjectivities and organic agri-food research in Uganda’ Local Environment.
Lawrence, G., Richards, C. And Lyons, K. (2012) ‘Food Security ‘Down Under’: Responses to Australia’s Food Security Challenge, Journal of Rural Studies Special Issue: Food Security: Emerging Perspectives and Responses.
Lyons, K. and Whelan, J. (2012 in submission) ‘Can Government Fulfil its Commitment to Engage the Public about Nanotechnology?’Regulation and Governance.
Scrinis, G. And Lyons, K. (2012 forthcoming) ‘Nano-Functional Foods: Nanotechnology, Nutritional Engineering and Nutritionally-Reductive Food Marketing’ in Ghosh, D., Das, S., Bagchi, D and Smarta, R. (eds) Innovation in Healthy and Functional Foods. CRC Press, London.
Smith, K. and Lyons, K. (2012) ‘Negotiating Organic, Fair and Ethical Trade: Lessons from Smallholders in Uganda and Kenya’, in Campbell, C. and Rosin, C. (eds) Food System Failure. Earthscan. London. Pp. 180-199.
Lyons, K., Palanippan, G. And Lockie, S.  (2012 forthcoming) ‘Organic Agriculture Governance in the Global South: New Opportunities for Participation in Agricultural Development and Livelihood Outcomes’ Halberg, N. And Muller, A. (eds) Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods, Earthscan, London.
Lyons, K., Scrinis, G. And Whelan, J. (2011) ‘Nanotechnology, the Food Crisis and Food Sovereignty’, in Maclurcan, D. (ed) Nanotechnology, as if the World Mattered, KTI International.
Scrinis, G. and Lyons, K. (2010) ‘Nanotechnology and the Techno-Corporate Agri-Food Paradigm’, in Lawrence, G., Lyons, K. and Wallington, T. (eds). Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability, Earthscan, London.
Lawrence, G., Lyons, K. and Wallington, T. (eds.) (2010) Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability New Challenges – Future Options, Earthscan, London.
Lockie, S., Lyons, K. and Lawrence, G. and Halpin, D. (2006) Going Organic: Mobilising Networks for Environmentally Responsible Food Production. CAB International, Oxfordshire.


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