Tania Lewis

Tania Lewis is Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. Her research critically engages with the politics of lifestyle, sustainability and consumption, and with global media and digital cultures.

An ex-medical practitioner, Tania has conducted a wide range of research including video ethnographic studies of household recycling, backyard permaculture and everyday digital household media use.

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).


She is chief investigator on several projects:

Cafe Lab: a community project to transform surplus, rescued food into delicious meals for the community, with zero waste’ (with Martyn Hook and Helen Addison-Smith)

‘The Shut-in Worker: COVID and home-based digital work practices’ (with Andrew Glover and Indigo Holcombe-James)

An ACCAN-funded project ‘E-Change and Remote Work in Australia’ (with Andrew Glover and Julian Waters-Lynch)

Digital food provisioning in urban households (with Ralph Horne and Bhavna Middha)

Growing Links: Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Digital Platform Pilot (with Seth Keen and Bhavna Middha)





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.



Building an inclusive, low carbon and equitable hospitality sector   An Australia-first initiative, CaféLab brings researchers across RMIT, from STEM and HASS, together with industry and policy actors, with the shared...


Digital Food: From Paddock to Platform

Lewis critically analyzes how our relationship to food consumption, production, and politics is being re-mediated through digitally connected electronic devices, practices and content.

Digital Ethnography Principles and Practice

This sharp, innovative book champions the rising significance of ethnographic research on the use of digital resources around the world.


DERC’s research on COVID continues to surge ahead

July 21, 2020

We may have been in lockdown, but that didn’t stop DERC researchers from launching several projects to study the pandemic.