Tania is Deputy Dean of Research in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT.
Tania Lewis is a media and cultural studies scholar with a wide range of empirical research experience and expertise. An ex medical practitioner, she is the author or editor of seven books focusing on urban lifestyles, sustainability, consumption, and global media cultures, including Smart Living: Lifestyle Media and Popular Expertise, Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Lives in Asia (with Fran Martin and Wanning Sun) and Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practices (with Sarah Pink et al). She is a chief investigator on the ARC Discovery project, ‘Ethical Consumption: From the Margins to the Mainstream’ and on ‘Work-life Ecologies: Lifestyle, Sustainability, Practices’, funded by RMIT’s Sustainable Urban Precincts Project. She is also conducting research with RMIT colleagues on household digital media practices for KPMG. In addition, Tania is the author of more than 40 refereed articles and book chapters, many of which can be found at RMIT's Research Repository.
Tania's research interests include:
- Sustainability and urban futures
- Ethical consumption and sustainable lifestyles
- Urban farming
- Food cultures
- Food and media
- Digital and media methods
- South East Asian media cultures
- Sustainability and South East Asia
- Ordinary expertise
- Green citizenship
- Theories of individualization and life politics
- Class, gender and lifestyle
- Interdisciplinary creative projects
Apart from managing research in the School of Media and Communication, she is also the ERA leader for the FOR code 2002 (Cultural Studies) which received a 4 (above world standard) in the past two ERA assessments under Tania's leadership.
- PhD, Department of English with Cultural Studies, University of Melbourne, 2000 See the eprint of her PhD
- MA, with Distinction, American Studies/Sociology, University of Canterbury, NZ, 1995
- BA(Hons), First class (University Prize for Arts Faculty), American Studies, University of Canterbury, NZ, 1993
- MBBS (Bachelor of medicine/surgery), University of Otago, NZ, 1990
Tania has worked in a doctor in New Zealand and has held five competitive national and international Fellowships. She has worked and conducted research in a range of disciplinary contexts including media studies, sociology, public health, education, English and American Studies.
Her previous positions include:
- Charles La Trobe Research Fellow, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne.
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Education, Monash University.
- Visiting Scholar, Institute for Comparative Culture, Sophia University, Tokyo.
- R. D. Wright Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne.
- Visiting Fellow (October-December), Institute for Advanced Studies of the Humanities, University of Edinburgh.
- Lecturer, Media and Communications Program, University of Melbourne.
- House Surgeon working in medicine, surgery and psychiatry in NZ (1990-1994)
Editorial and advisory boards
Tania is on the editorial and advisory boards of:
- Critical Studies in Media Communication
- Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia (Book Series, Routledge)
- Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies
- Communication, Politics and Culture Journal
- [Sic]: A Journal of Literature, Culture and Literary Translation
- Lewis, T. (2018). Aspiring differently: Households and the Consumption of Reality television In: The Indian Media Economy, Volume 2: Market Dynamics and Social Transactions, Oxford University Press India, New Delhi, India
- Lewis, T. (2018). Food politics in a digital era In: Digital Food Activism, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Glover, A.,Strengers, Y.,Lewis, T. (2018). Sustainability and academic air travel in Australian universities In: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 19, 756 - 772
- Lewis, T. (2018). Digital Food: From Paddock To Platform In: Communication Research and Practice, 4, 212 - 228
- Lewis, T. (2017). Sustainability, lifestyle, and consumption in Asia In: Green Asia: Ecocultures, Sustainable Lifestyles, and Ethical Consumption, Taylor and Francis, United Kingdom
- Glover, A.,Strengers, Y.,Lewis, T. (2017). The unsustainability of academic aeromobility in Australian universities In: Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy, 13, 1 - 12
- Lewis, T. (2016). Spirited publics? Post-secularism, enchantment and enterprise on Indian television In: Contemporary Publics: Shifting Boundaries in New Media, Technology and Culture, Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, UK
- Martin, F.,Lewis, T. (2016). Lifestyle Media in Asia: Consumption, Aspiration and Identity In: Lifestyle Media in Asia, Routledge, London, United Kingdom
- Lewis, T. (2016). Dishing up diversity? Class, aspirationalism and Indian food television In: Lifestyle Media in Asia, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, UK
- Lewis, T.,Martin, F.,Sun, W. (2016). Telemodernities: Television and transforming lives in Asia, Duke University Press, Durham, North Carolina, United States
- Digital Health CRC Core Participants Agreement - Umbrella Agreement. Funded by: Digital Health CRC from (2018 to 2025)
- The rise of ethical consumption in Australia: from the margins to the mainstream. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2013 from (2013 to 2020)
- The role of lifestyle television in transforming culture, citizenship and selfhood: Australia, China, Taiwan, Singapore and India. Administered by The University of Melbourne. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects via other University Grant pre-2014 from (2010 to 2013)
3 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions3 PhD Current Supervisions