Stephen Lyon​


Head of Educational Programmes​ and Development

Telephone: 020 7380 3836



PhD in Anthropology, University of Kent at Canterbury, 2002
BSc in Social Anthropology, Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, 1993

Research interests

Conflict, Kinship, Social Organisation, Cognition, Legal and Political Anthropology, Development and Applied Anthropology, Agriculture and Resource Management, Islam, Pakistan.


Professor Lyon was the Head of Anthropology at Durham University and was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Professor there from 2002-2018. He is on the executive board of the Society for Anthropological Sciences (President-Elect 2017-2019, President 2019-2021) ( and is the Treasurer of the Pakistan Studies Group, that organises the annual Pakistan Workshop in the Lake District. He has carried out consultancies in the UK and Pakistan on resource management, agricultural development and as a cultural expert for the British courts.

Throughout Professor Lyon’s academic career, he has sought to integrate computational research methods with traditional ethnographic field work. He has lived and worked in Pakistani Punjabi villages and cities off and on since 1982 and has carried out longitudinal research in the same northern Punjabi village for more than 20 years. His research integrates social network analysis, context coding, narrative thick description, and different varieties of quantitative and audiovisual data to address complex social and cultural questions of the human experience.

Created on:10/03/2018 Last modified:12/23/2019