Visiting Professor

Stephen Lyon

Professor Lyon is the head of educational programmes and development at the Agha Khan University – Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. 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.