Associate Professor Kristen Lyons is an activist academic with over twenty years’ experience in the fields of environment and development sociology. Kristen's work is focused on the political ecology of resource conflicts and resistance movements, with a particular interest in fossil fuels, forests and food. Kristen’s current work is in Uganda, Solomon Islands and Australia. She has collaborated with international NGOs in a number of countries to undertake work that increases understandings of the impacts and responses of international development interventions, including global resistance movements. Kristen is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Oakland Institute.
Associate Professor Kristen Lyons' priority is to work with communities affected by current and proposed international development interventions – including the extractivist industries. She also works directly with community groups and non government organisations to analysis strategies and tactics for change in the context of international resource conflicts. Kristen's work, in collaboration with others, has shaped policy and practice across a number of settings in Australia and internationally, including related to organic food and agriculture, emerging technologies, and carbon markets, and her research has driven changes in corporate practices that improve outcomes related to human rights and environmental management.