Ramon Lobato

Ramon Lobato is Senior Research Fellow with the Technology, Communication and Policy Lab at DERC. A media industries researcher, he has a special interest in video distribution, and has written widely on piracy and informal media markets.

Ramon’s books include Shadow Economies of Cinema (British Film Institute, 2012), The Informal Media Economy (Polity 2015, with Julian Thomas), Geoblocking and Global Video Culture (INC, 2016, with J Meese), Netflix Nations (New York University Press, 2019) and more than 40 book chapters and articles.

With Amanda Lotz and Stuart Cunningham at QUT, Ramon currently leads an Australian Research Council Discovery Project investigating the impact of subscription video-on-demand services in national media markets. In 2020, he will commence a four-year ARC Future Fellowship project on content discoverability in the age of smart TVs.

Themes

Digital Domesticity, Sustainability, and the Everyday

Digital Domesticity, Sustainability, and the Everyday examines the role of everyday life practices and homes as increasingly central hubs of digital engagement and smart infrastructure.

Automation and Social Futures

Automation and Social Futures engages with the ethical, political, social, organisational, cultural and governance implications of machine learning, algorithmic decision-making and digital infrastructures.

Projects

International Science and Evidence-based Education (ISEE)

This initiative will seek to develop a substantial document that offers the 193 UNESCO Member States an evidence-based assessment of education in order to cultivate human flourishing.

Australian Television in the Smart TV Ecosystem

This project investigates the cultural impacts of smart TVs in Australia. A majority of Australian adults now use an internet-connected (smart) TV set or streaming device.

Internet-Distributed Television: Industrial, Cultural and Policy Dynamics

This ARC Discovery Project (2019-2021) investigates the impact of global subscription video-on-demand services on national television markets.

Publications

Netflix Nations: The Geography of Digital Distribution

This book examines how streaming services and internet distribution have transformed global television culture.

News

Australian Content in SVOD Catalogs: Availability and Discoverability Report

November 1, 2019

Australian Content in SVOD Catalogs: Availability and Discoverability - 2019 edition by Dr Ramon Lobato and Alexa Scarlata is the third in a series of annual studies.

DERC Researchers Ellie Rennie and Ramon Lobato awarded ARC Future Fellowships

October 22, 2019

We are very excited by the news that both Ellie Rennie and Ramon Lobato have been awarded ARC Future Fellowships.

$340k ARC Discovery Project led by Ramon Lobato

December 4, 2018

DERC’s Ramon Lobato along with Amanda Lotz (Uni Michigan) and Stuart Cunningham (QUT) have been awarded $340k for their ARC Discovery Project ‘Internet-distributed television: cultural, industrial and policy dynamics.’