Dr Isaac Lyne

Isaac_LyneIsaac Lyne is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS). He graduated with a PhD from the Institute in 2017, for a thesis about the role of social enterprise in community development and economic resilience in two peri-urban villages in eastern Cambodia. His fieldwork entailed performative action research harnessing Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), setting out to explore the role and viability of social enterprise in strengthening wellbeing and natural resource management, in contexts of routine precarity and enduring trauma. Isaac is currently working on “Building the evidence base on the impacts of mobile financial services for women and men in farming households in Laos and Cambodia”, a 5-year project commissioned by Australia Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). As a previous post-doctoral fellow at ICS funded by the SeedBox International Environmental Humanities Collaboratory hosted at Linköping University in Sweden, Isaac engaged with water distribution in eastern Cambodia using a “business at the bottom of the economic pyramid approach”, through environmental humanities and his prior interests in community economies research. Between 2009 and 2012 Isaac coordinated “Social Enterprise in Cambodia: Capacity building for inclusive business”, commissioned by the British Council’s Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE) programme and delivered in partnership between the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, University of Bradford Centre for International Development in the United Kingdom, and an award-winning social enterprise called “Friends International.” To date Isaac has authored/co-authored per reviewed journal articles for Water Alternatives; Journal of Enterprising Communities; Asia Pacific Viewpoint; Education, Knowledge and Economy and Social Economy Revue (RECMA).


  • PhD, 2017, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
  • Postgraduate Diploma, 2011, Research Methods for Social Science, University of Bradford
  • Master of Arts: International Development Management, University of Bradford
  • BA Honours, 1993, Social Policy and Administration, Leeds Metropolitan University

Research Focus

  • Social enterprise and social entrepreneurship
  • Rural community development
  • Rural livelihoods and resilience
  • Digital finance on farming

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2012, International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Western Sydney University
  • 2006, Best Master Degree Dissertation, Bradford Centre for International Development, University of Bradford

Selected Publications

Amos C.C., Lyne I., Rahman A 2021, Harvested Rainwater as a Solution for Marine Pollution and Contaminated Groundwater. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A.M., Brandli L., Lange Salvia A., Wall T. (eds) Life Below Water. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71064-8_143-1

Lyne, I 2020, Bottling water differently, and sustaining the water commons? Social innovation through water service franchising in Cambodia. Water Alternatives, 13(3): 731-751

Lyne, I. & Madden, A 2020, Enterprising New Worlds: Social Enterprise and the Value of Repair in Gibson-Graham, J.K. and Dombroski, K. (Eds) Handbook of Diverse Economies, pp. 74-81.  Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Lyne, I., Ryu, J., Teh, Y-Y. & Morita, T 2019, Religious Influences on Social Enterprise in Asia: Observations in Cambodia, Malaysia and South Korea in Bidet, E. & Defourny, J. (Eds) Social Enterprise in Asia Theory, Models and Practice, pp. 293-313. London: Routledge.

Lyne, I., Ngin, C. and Santoyo-Rio, E 2018, Social Enterprise, Social Economy and Local Social Entrepreneurship in Rural Cambodia, Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, 12(3): 278-298 (GSC 6)

Gibson, K., Astuti, R.., Carnegie, M., Chalernphon, A., Dombroski,, K., Haryani, A.R., Hill, A., Balthasar, K., Law, L., Lyne, I., McGregor, A., McKinnon, K., McWilliam, A., Miller, F., Ngin, C., Occeña-Gutierrez, D., Palmer, L., Placino, P., Rampengan, M., Than, W.L.L., Wianti, N.I., Wright, S 2018, Community economies in Monsoon Asia: Keywords and key reflections, Asia Pacific Viewpoint 59 (1): 3-16 (GSC 19)

Lyne, I 2017, Social enterprise and the everydayness of precarious indigenous Cambodian villagers: Challenging ethnocentric epistemologies in Essers, C., Dey, P,. Tedmanson, D. & Verduyn, K. (eds), Critical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship; Challenging Dominant Discourses, pp. 36-50. London: Routledge. (GSC 1)

Lyne, I., Khieng, K. and Ngin, C 2015, Social Enterprise in Cambodia: An Overview, ICSEM Working Papers No. 05, International Cooperative Social Enterprise Models, Liege, Belgium

Lyne, I 2008, How can social enterprise really tackle social exclusion? A comparative study of children's welfare in the United Kingdom and Cambodia, Education, Knowledge and Economy, 2(3): 175-190

Ryan, P. & Lyne, I 2008, Social enterprise and the measurement of social value: methodological issues with the calculation and application of the social return on investment, Education, Knowledge and Economy, 2(3): 223-237 (GSC 127)

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