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.,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. (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. (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, , 1 - 19
- 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
3 PhD Current Supervisions4 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions
- 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)