Dr Christopher Lyon


Chris’s contract has ended at university of Leeds, he can be reached at Christophlyon@icloud.com

I was responsible for the stakeholder mapping conceptual development of the three-year RePhoKUs project examining the resilience and adaptive capacity of the UK food system in relation to phosphorus, funded by the BBSRC, NERC, ESRC, Scottish Government, and the Global Food Security programme. In addition to Leeds, this large, three-yearm project includes researchers from Lancaster University, the Agriculture Food and Biosciences Institute, Center for Ecology and Hydrology, and the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. 

I was also also the lead investigator on the White Rose Collaboration Fund project "Refugia of Futures Past". Together with colleagues from the Universities of Leeds, York, Sheffield, Oxford, and Montreal, it explores environmental changes beyond 2100 and the implications for current environmental change adaptation discourses and practices.  The project is still ongoing.

My background includes researching instances of community or regional level resilience to different challenges. These include Canadian natural resource dependent communities facing the loss of that industry, government-led emergency management planning in Scotland, and the relative success of a grassroots community sustainability effort. I have also contributed conceptual work to the transformations and climate governance literature, and authored or co-authored a number of reports, blogs, and website interviews related to my expertise.

Research interests

social-ecolgoical systems, climate change adaptation, biodiversity, food security, transformation, climate justice, deep time perspectives on adaptation, interdisciplinary research



<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD Geography, University of Dundee
  • MSc Rural Sociology, University of Alberta
  • BA International Development Studies, University of Winnipeg