Dr Chris Lyon


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My research interests are at the meeting point between political philosophy/theory, and global development. A long-term focus, on the theoretical side, is in the area of relational egalitarianism, and related questions of social ontology. I am also interested in the normative basis of the current vogue for politically realist approaches to development. More practically, I am interested in social policy and in institutional experiments in democratisation, particularly in Brazil, stemming from my PhD research, and increasingly in Uganda, stemming from my teaching on GDI’s field research module and trip.

I recently finished two years’ work as a research associate for the now-completed Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research institute at Manchester, and in 2020-21 am teaching in GDI as a senior tutor, for instance convening modules on development research, and on politics and governance fieldwork.

Email: chris.lyon@manchester.ac.uk

External positions

Research Associate, Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre

1 Feb 2018 → …

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2017 - Doctor of Philosophy, Towards a relational approach to social justice: liberals, radicals, and Brazil's 'new social contract', The University of Manchester (2013 - 2017)

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