Dr Chris Lyon

Research Associate

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I currently work for the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research institute at Manchester. Among other tasks, I am carrying out a critical meta-review of ESID’s research findings on social justice and inclusive development. I also lecture on the Politics, Governance and Development Policy pathway in the Development Fieldwork module.

My research interests are at the meeting point between normative theory – particularly political philosophy – and practice/policy disciplines, such as international development and public policy. Rigorous normative theory can help to clarify and critique the language, values, and goals of a field of practice or policy. Meanwhile, improved insight into the real-world mechanisms that produce inequality, poverty, and so on can help to build more insightful normative and philosophical accounts of values such as equality and justice.

A particular longer-term focus, on the theoretical side, is on the development (building on the on-going work of many others) of a critical relational egalitarianism, and related questions of social ontology. More practically I am interested in social policy and in institutional experiments in democratisation, as well as the country-specific case of Brazil, stemming from my fieldwork relating to participatory-democratic mechanisms in Brazil's social assistance sector.

I organised a workshop held at Manchester in November 2018, ‘Rethinking social justice and the public realm: what can relational approaches offer?’, from which a journal special issue on this theme is being developed.

I was recently Editorial Assistant for the forthcoming Oxford University Press Oxford Handbook of the Brazilian Economy, and I also have editorial duties for the Journal of Development Studies and for the ESID working paper series.

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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