Ramon is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication. A media industries researcher, he has a special interest in film and video distribution.
Ramon is a scholar of contemporary media and cultural industries. The analytical focus of his research is on distribution networks, and how they structure access, discovery and audience experience. His research interests include video markets, piracy, and media globalisation.
Ramon has published five books, and is the recipient of two Australian Research Council Fellowships (APD, DECRA). His first book Shadow Economies of Cinema (British Film Institute, 2012) examined how pirate and grey networks shape global film culture. His second book The Informal Media Economy (Polity, 2015, with Julian Thomas), developed an original approach to media industry analysis, using theories of informality to understand how media markets evolve.
His latest monograph, Netflix Nations: The Geography of Digital Distribution, will be published by New York University Press in 2018.
Ramon has published more than 30 book chapters and articles on topics related to this broad theme, focusing on technologies ranging from cloud storage to YouTube. He also contributed to the 2013 UNESCO Creative Economy report.
As part of a recent ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award project (2015-2017), Ramon studied the impact of streaming platforms on international television. With an international team of collaborators, he published the open-access edited collection Geoblocking and Global Video Culture (Institute of Network Cultures, 2016), a comparative study of streaming and circumvention practices.
With Amanda Lotz, Ramon is co-founder of the Global Internet TV Consortium a research network exploring the impact of multi-territory streaming services on national markets.
As part of an ARC Linkage project led by Prof Patrik Wikstrom, Ramon is also working with colleagues at QUT to study the relationship between new digital data and music industry practices.
- Udine Film Forum - Best International Film Studies book prize (2013)
- Faculty ECR Award for Research Excellence, Swinburne University (2014)
- Dean's Award for Outstanding Research, Swinburne University (2015)
- International Communication Association Popular Communication Division – Outstanding Young Scholar award (2016)
- ARC DECRA Fellowship, "Geoblocking, circumvention and the organisation of digital media markets" (2015-2017)
- ARC Discovery Project and APD Fellowship, "Informal Economies and Audiovisual Industries" (2011-2014, with Thomas, Cunningham, Hunter)
- ARC Linkage Project, "Music Usage Metrics and the Future of the Australian Music Industry" (2016-2018, with Wikstrom et al)
- BA Hons, University of Melbourne, 2006
- PhD (Cultural Studies), University of Melbourne, 2010
- Grad Cert in Learning and Teaching, Swinburne University of Technology, 2013
Ramon joined RMIT in 2017 after seven years at the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University. During his time he worked on a range of projects in the area of media, technology and policy. He also taught into Swinburne's Cinema and Screen studies programme, coordinating the units Cinema Studies and Global Screen Studies.
While at Swinburne, Ramon developed an interdisciplinary seminar programme in research methods for postgraduate students in the School of Arts, Social Science and Humanities. He maintains an interest in postgrad research training.
Before becoming a researcher, Ramon worked as a music journalist and editor.
- Lobato, R.,Meese, J. (2016). Australia: Circumvention goes mainstream In: Geoblocking and Global Video Culture, Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam
- Lobato, R. (2016). Introduction: The new video Geography In: Geoblocking and Global Video Culture, Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam
- Dwyer, T.,Lobato, R. (2016). Informal translation, post-cinema and global media flows In: The State of Post-Cinema: Tracing the Moving Image in the Age of Digital Dissemination, Palgrave, United Kingdom
- Lobato, R. (2016). The cultural logic of digital intermediaries: YouTube multichannel networks (MCNs) In: Convergence, 22, 348 - 360
- Moilanen, J.,Daly, A.,Lobato, R.,Allen, D. (2015). Cultures of sharing in 3D printing: What can we learn from the licence choices of Thingiverse users? In: Journal of Peer Production, , 1 - 11
- Lobato, R.,Thomas, J. (2015). The informal media economy, Polity Press, United Kingdom
- Lobato, R. (2014). The paradoxes of piracy In: Postcolonial Piracy: Media Distribution and Cultural Production in the Global South, Bloomsbury, United Kingdom
- Lobato, R.,Tang, L. (2014). The cyberlocker gold rush: tracking the rise of file-hosting sites as media distribution platforms In: International Journal of Cultural Studies, 17, 423 - 435
- Lobato, R.,Fletcher, L. (2013). Prestige and professionalisation at the margins of the journalistic field: the case of music writers In: Amateur Media, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Fletcher, L.,Lobato, R. (2013). Living and labouring as a music writer In: Cultural Studies Review, 19, 155 - 176