Tania LewisDERC Director

Tania Lewis is the Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre and is a 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. Tania has published over 50 journal articles and chapters and is the author of Smart Living: Lifestyle Media and Popular Expertise (Peter Lang), and co-author of Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Lives in Asia (Duke University Press) and Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practices (Sage). She is also the editor and co-editor of 4 collections with Routledge including Ethical Consumption: A Critical Introduction and Green Asia: Ecocultures, Sustainable Lifestyles and Ethical Consumption. An ex-medical practitioner, Tania has conducted a wide range of research from groundbreaking research on young people’s internet use for health information to video ethnographic studies of household recycling, backyard permaculture and everyday digital household media use. She is currently a chief investigator on the project ‘Work-life ecologies: lifestyle, sustainability, practices’ and is writing a book for Bloomsbury Press entitled Digital Food: From Paddock to Platform.


The rise of ethical consumption in Australia: from the margins to the mainstream. Funded by:ARC Discovery 2013 from (2013 to 2015)

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 pre-2014 from (2010 to 2013)



Research Repository

Research Interests

Communication and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Education Systems, Specialist Studies in Education, 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





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