03 Mar Lydia Wilson
Lydia Wilson is a Research Fellow and Field Director at Artis, which includes regular fieldwork in the Middle East, currently concentrating on the situations in Lebanon and Iraq. Research techniques draw on psychology and anthropology and also include a historical context. Lydia provides data from acutely distressed regions considered inaccessible by some researchers, improving the ability of Artis to understand crisis zones in the both in the short and long terms. As part of this development in Artis capabilities, she mentors current and future fieldworkers in various and varied environments to build up Artis presence and expertise around the world.
Lydia is a research fellow at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University; a visiting research scholar at the Ralph Bunche Institute of International Affairs at City University New York, Graduate Center and affiliated research scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. Her previous position was a Mellon Fellow on the Committee for the Study of Religion, City University New York, Graduate Center. She holds a PhD in medieval Arabic philosophy, an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science, and a BA in Natural Sciences (all from the University of Cambridge). In between academic positions, Lydia has lived and worked in the Middle East, writing for, among other publications, Time Magazine, Syria Today and Open Democracy. Lydia is a founding editor of the Cambridge Literary Review, and continues to review regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and write journalistic articles on her research.