He pursued post-graduate studies at the Department of Anthropology, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology, both from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He has published over 50 articles in professional and other journals; 24 books (individually, jointly and edited) and scores of mimeographs based on research studies over 30 years. Earlier he was Professor and then Director of Centre for Social Studies at Surat. He was an International Visiting Fellow at the Woodstock Centre, Georgetown University, Washington DC during 1999 and 2000. He is the secretary of the Centre for Culture and Development Trust since 2001.

Professor Lancy Lobo is the founder director of the Centre for culture and Development since 2001.