Tania is the Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT.
Tania Lewis is a Professor in the School of Media and Communication. She has a background in cultural studies and media studies and was a medical doctor in a former life. Over the past couple of decades, her research has been concerned with the politics of lifestyle, sustainability and consumption. Her current research is on the future of work and the digitisation of home life. She has conducted a wide range of empirical research including video ethnographic studies of household recycling, backyard permaculture and digital ethnographic research on people working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tania has published over 70 journal articles, book chapters and reports while her most recent book, Digital Food: From Paddock to Platform (Bloomsbury 2020), is the first monograph to engage with everyday digital practices and food culture.
Tania is also the author/co-author of a number of other books including Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practices (Sage); Smart Living: Lifestyle Media and Popular Expertise (Peter Lang), and Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Lives in Asia (Duke University Press).
Tania is on the editorial and advisory boards of: Cultural Studies, Media International Australia, Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia (Book Series, Routledge) and Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies
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
- 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 as 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, cultural studies, public health, education, and American Studies.
Her previous positions include:
- Senior VC Fellow, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University
- 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, 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.,Wilken, R.,Rauturier, F. (2021). New temporalities of everyday life in Australian suburbia: cultural and material economies of hard rubbish reuse In: The Temporalities of Waste, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, UK
- Lewis, T.,Vodeb, O. (2021). Melbourne: Care, ethics and social enterprise meets ‘global’ café culture In: Global Brooklyn, Bloomsbury Academic, United Kingdom
- Lewis, T. (2021). Food politics and the media in digital times: researching household practices as forms of digital food activism In: Research Methods for Digital Food Studies, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Lewis, T.,Vodeb, O. (2021). Melbourne: Care, Ethics, and Social Enterprise Meet Global Café Culture In: Global Brooklyn: Designing Food Experiences in World Cities, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, United Kingdom
- Lewis, T.,Markham, A.,Holcombe-James, I. (2021). Embracing liminality and ‘staying with the trouble’ on [and off] screen In: M/C Journal, 24, 1 - 9
- Middha, B.,Strengers, Y.,Lewis, T.,Horne, R. (2021). Spatio-temporalities of convenience eating for sustainability outcomes at an inner-urban university In: Geographical Research, 59, 407 - 423
- Lewis, T. (2020). Digital Food: From Paddock to Platform, Bloomsbury Academic, United Kingdom
- Lewis, T.,Rauturier, F. (2019). Gleaning around the globe: Reframing urban thrift via practices and economies of hard rubbish reuse In: Journal of Consumer Culture, 19, 493 - 512
- Lewis, T. (2019). Digital Connectivity In: The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies, Oxford University Press, New York, United States
- Glover, A.,Lewis, T.,Strengers, Y. (2019). Overcoming remoteness: the necessity of air travel in Australian universities In: Australian Geographer, 50, 453 - 471
4 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions4 PhD Current Supervisions
- E-Change and Remote Work in Australia. Funded by: Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) Grants Scheme 2016 onwards from (2020 to 2022)
- 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 2019)
- 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)