Professor Stephen Lyon* of Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC), has joined the team at the Social Science Computer Review (SAGE journal) as editor-in-chief.
He takes over from Professor G. David Garson, the founding editor of SAGE journal, who has decided to step down after 37 years at the helm.
Professor Lyon has been at the forefront of adopting computational tools for social science research for more than two decades. He looks forward to shepherding the journal in ways that maintain its current strengths, but also extend its relevance and impact in ways that align with the AKU vision of harnessing scholarship to address the most pressing problems facing the world today.
He notes that far too often technological solutions are touted as the answer to problems, but development projects around the world have learned the hard way that people and the societies in which they live, matter. If we don’t bring together the technical and the social, we will struggle to introduce the changes required to bring about a fairer and more just world.
*Stephen M. Lyon is Professor of Anthropology and Head of Educational Programmes and Development at the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London.