Kristen Lyons writes and speaks on the privatization of development and its local livelihood impacts, plantation forestry and carbon markets, urban agriculture, social impacts and governance challenges related to new technologies including genetic engineering and nanotechnologies, and the impacts of mining interests on research and tertiary education. She has worked for more than ten years as an activist-academic in Australia, the African continent, and the Pacific, and through her work seeks to contribute to public debates and policy.
Kristen has recently convened the Australasian Agri-Food Research Network, a group of scholars engaged in food and farming studies. She has volunteered and sat on boards with Friends of the Earth Australia campaigns (including related to Just Foods and Nanotechnology) and was a co-founder of Mukwano Australia (which collaborates with organic cooperatives in Uganda in assisting to improve health care delivery). She is a member and volunteers with the Australian Greens, and has a long history of involvement in Australia’s organic sector, including with the leading national organization, Australian Certified Organic.
Kristen was awarded a doctorate in Sociology from Central Queensland University in 2001. Along with her background in Environmental Science, she has a strong commitment to research and advocacy that is focused on environmental and social justice. Kristen lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she works at the University of Queensland teaching the sociology of development and environment, as well as convening the Masters of Development Practice Program.