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Libby Lester

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Libby Lester

Professor, Journalism, Media and Communications

Room 533, Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 7542 (phone)

+61 3 6226 7631 (fax)

Libby.Lester@utas.edu.au

Libby Lester is Professor and Head of Journalism, Media and Communications at the University of Tasmania. She has authored and co-edited four books, including Media and Environment: Conflict, Politics and the News (Polity 2010; Arabic ed 2013) and Transnational Protests and the Media (co-edited with Simon Cottle). She has been awarded three Australian Research Council discovery grants ('Transnational Environmental Campaigns in the Australia-Asian Region', 'Leadership and the Construction of Environmental Concern in Australia' and 'Changing Landscapes: Online Media and Politics in an Age of Environmental Conflict'), and is Australian leader of the EU-Australia funded exchange and research program, 'Europe and Australia in the World: Reporting Political, Social and Environmental Change.' Her research has appeared in leading international journals, including Media, Culture & Society, International Communication Gazette, Journalism, International Journal of Communication, and International Journal of Press/Politics. She has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, and is a member of Cardiff University's Mediatized Conflict Research Group.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDContesting Wilderness: Media, Movement and Environmental Conflict in TasmaniaUniversity of MelbourneAustralia2005
BA  Australian National UniversityAustralia1984

Biography

Before returning to Tasmania and joining the University, Professor Lester worked as a journalist, reporting on social, political and environmental issues for major Australian newspapers and magazines, including The Age, Good Weekend and the Melbourne Herald. She continues to work with the media industry at local, national and international levels, and has been a judge for the Walkley Awards and chair of judging for the Tasmanian Media Awards.

Media and EnvironmentTransnational ProtestsGiving GroundEnvironmental Conflict

Research Themes

Professor Lester's research aligns with the UTAS strategic themes of Creativity, Culture and Society; Environment, Resources and Sustainability; and Data, Knowledge and Decisions. Her research has formed a body of internationally recognised work that engages with theoretical and empirical understandings of how environmental issues and risks are communicated in the public arena. Professor Lester also contributes more broadly to the fields of media and journalism studies.Her research focuses largely on analysis of local cases in the context of global change. This approach involves marrying ethnographic and textual insights with evidence and theories of globally significant technological, political and social change.

Memberships

Professional practice

Journals include:

  • Editorial Board Member and former Associate Editor, Environmental Communication
  • Editorial Board Member, Australian Journalism Review
  • Editorial Board Member, Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication
  • Editorial Board Member, Kaleidoscope: Alternative Media and Social Movements

Reviewer

  • Reviewer for a range of international funding bodies and publishers.

Committee associations

  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Communications Association
  • Member, Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
  • Founding Member, International Environmental Communication Association
  • Board Member, Island Magazine 2011-2012

Administrative expertise

  • Head of Journalism, Media and Communications
  • Deputy Head, School of Social Sciences
  • Deputy Head, School of English, Journalism and European Languages
  • Member, Research College Board
  • External reviewer for a range of Australian university departments and programs

Teaching

Journalism and News Media; Media and Communications; Environmental Media and News; Media and Communications Research Methods

Teaching expertise

Libby Lester supervises research higher degree candidates working in the areas of journalism and news studies, media and the environment, transnational media conflicts and protests.

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Expertise

Professor Lester's research combines longitudinal analysis of media texts and political change with in-depth investigation of behind-the-scenes practices of journalists, decision-makers, public relations professionals and campaigners. This approach allows media messages and political concerns to be traced as they flow between claims- and decision-makers, and to investigate media power in traditional and emerging platforms.

The work seeks to identify and understand the operation of new forms of media visibility and invisibility in environmental politics, and to reveal the capacity of political actors to promote and suppress public debate on highly contested political issues, including across news media, social networks and websites.

This research focuses on how issues and voices are raised, carried and politically understood in mediated public debate, with a specific interest in the following:

Changing practices across time:

  • Changing economies and practices of media in the context of technological, industrial and
  • political developments, including new media platforms, increased resourcing to public relations and changing status of political challengers. This research locates theories of media and political change in an historical setting, providing empirical insight into the impact of shifting technologies and practices.

Behind-the-scenes dynamics:

  • This work questions the usually hidden but significant strategies and interactions behind media access. ARC funded research from 2010 to 2012 identified and analysed extended periods of political strategic invisibility that significantly curtailed participation in mediated public debate during crucial times of environmental decision-making.

Symbols and images in the public sphere:

  • This connects source and media power to how media texts can work simultaneously to promote and dampen public engagement with environmental issues, and the conditions with which certain symbols will break through dominant political and media frames.

Crossing boundaries:

  • This research seeks to reveal relationships between media communications and political decision-making as they move through local and transnational media and political networks; a long-standing methodological challenge.

Awards

  • 2009 Visiting Fellow, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford

Collaboration

Professor Lester works with a range of national and international scholars and industry practitioners. As a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in 2009, she collaborated with practising mid-career journalists and researchers from around the world, as well as scholars researching in the areas of politics, environmental sustainability and science. In 2013, she contributed to the Institute's multi-nation comparative study on media representations of climate risks. 

The 2011 symposium 'Environmental Politics and Conflict in an Age of Digital Media' brought together media researchers, European, US and Australian journalism educators, Asia-Pacific journalists funded by AusAID and leading political figures including Senator Christine Milne. The symposium aimed to provide a 'bridge' for research, teaching and practice in the field. A co-edited book emerging from the symposium was published in 2013, and included contributions from, among others, Silvio Waisbord, Craig Calhoun, Guobin Yang, Christine Milne and Simon Cottle.

As Associate Editor of Environmental Communication, she worked with the leading international scholars in the field, including Alison Anderson of Plymouth University, Anabela Carvalho of the University of Minho, Anders Hansen of Leicester University's Centre for Mass Communication Research, and Robert Cox of the University of North Carolina.

Research Fields

  • Communication and Media Studies (200199)
  • Media Studies (200104)
  • Journalism Studies (190301)
  • Journalism and Professional Writing (190399)
  • Environmental Sociology (160802)
  • Marketing Management (incl. Strategy and Customer Relations) (150503)
  • Communication Studies (200101)
  • Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography (160402)
  • Performance and Installation Art (190504)
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)
  • Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Visual Arts and Crafts (190599)
  • Environmental Politics (160605)
  • Film and Television (190204)
  • Marketing Communications (150502)
  • Fisheries Management (070403)
  • Physical Oceanography (040503)

Research Impact

  • The Media (950204)
  • Environment (969999)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability (960311)
  • Communication (950299)
  • Communication Across Languages and Culture (950201)
  • Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism (900302)
  • Political Systems (940203)
  • Marketing (910403)
  • Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis (940204)
  • Social Class and Inequalities (940116)
  • Community Service (excl. Work) (940199)
  • Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change (960305)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Heritage (950399)
  • International Political Economy (excl. International Trade) (940304)
  • Trade and Environment (960707)
  • Publishing and Print Services (incl. Internet Publishing) (890404)

Publications

Total publications

58

Journal Article

(30 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Lester L, 'Containing spectacle in the transnational public sphere', Environmental Communication pp. 1-13. ISSN 1752-4032 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2015.1127849 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Lester L, 'Media and social licence: on being publicly useful in Tasmanian forests conflict', Forestry ISSN 0015-752X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/forestry/cpw015 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Konkes C, Lester L, 'Justice, politics and the social usefulness of news', Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal pp. 1-19. ISSN 1741-6590 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1741659015599975 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Konkes C

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2015Tranter BK, Lester L, 'Climate patriots? Concern over climate change and other environmental issues in Australia', Public Understanding of Science pp. 1-15. ISSN 0963-6625 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0963662515618553 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Tranter BK

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2015Lester EA, 'Three Challenges for Environmental Communication Research', Environmental Communication, 9, (3) pp. 392-397. ISSN 1752-4032 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2015.1044065 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

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2015Lester EA, 'Journalism research and practice in Australian Universities', Australian Journalism Review, 37, (1) pp. 179-188. ISSN 0810-2686 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2015McGaurr L, Tranter B, Lester L, 'Wilderness and the media politics of place branding', Environmental Communication, 9, (3) pp. 269-287. ISSN 1752-4032 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2014.919947 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: McGaurr L; Tranter B

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2015Hutchins B, Lester EA, 'Theorizing the enactment of mediatized environmental conflict', The International Communication Gazette, 77, (4) pp. 337-358. ISSN 1748-0485 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1748048514568765 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2015Konkes C, Lester L, 'Incomplete knowledge, rumour and truth seeking: when conspiracy theories become news', Journalism Studies pp. 1-19. ISSN 1461-670X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2015.1089182 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Konkes C

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2014Lester L, McGaurr L, Tranter B, 'The Election that Forgot the Environment? Issues, EMOs, and the Press in Australia', International Journal of Press/Politics, 20, (1) pp. 3-25. ISSN 1940-1620 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1940161214552030 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: McGaurr L; Tranter B

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2014Lester L, 'Transnational publics and environmental conflict in the Asian Century', Media International Australia, 150 pp. 167-178. ISSN 1329-878X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2013McGaurr LC, Lester EA, Painter J, 'Risk, uncertainty and opportunity in climate change coverage: Australia compared', Australian Journalism Review, 35, (2) pp. 21-34. ISSN 0810-2686 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: McGaurr LC

2012Lester L, Hutchins B, 'The power of the unseen: environmental conflict, the media and invisibility', Media Culture and Society, 34, (7) pp. 847-863. ISSN 0163-4437 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0163443712452772 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10

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2012Lester L, Hutchins B, 'Journalism, the environment and the new media politics of invisibility', Australian Journalism Review, 34, (2) pp. 19-31. ISSN 0810-2686 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2011Lester EA, 'Species of the month: Anti-whaling, mediated visibility, and the news', Environmental Communication, 5, (1) pp. 124-139. ISSN 1752-4040 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2010.542768 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

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2011Lester EA, 'Expanding Journalism Studies in a Competitive Environment', Australian Journalism Review, 33, (1) pp. 41-44. ISSN 0810-2686 (2011) [Non Refereed Article]

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2011Lester EA, 'No Images from the Forest Frontline: Invisibility in the Internet Age', Island, 127 Summer 2011, (127 Summer 2011) pp. 36-41. ISSN 1035-3127 (2011) [Non Refereed Article]

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2011Lester L, Hutchins B, 'Soft journalism, politics and environmental risk: An Australian story', Journalism EJ ISSN 1741-3001 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1464884911421706 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

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2010Lester EA, 'Big Tree, small news: Media access, symbolic power and strategic intervention', Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 11, (5) pp. 589-606. ISSN 1464-8849 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1464884910373537 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2009Lester EA, Hutchins B, 'Power games: environmental protest, news media and the internet', Media, Culture & Society, 31, (4) pp. 579-595. ISSN 0163-4437 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0163443709335201 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 41Web of Science - 33

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2009Lester EA, Cottle S, 'Visualizing Climate Change: Television News and Ecological Citizenship', International Journal of Communication, 3 pp. 920-936. ISSN 1932-8036 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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2008Giblett R, Lester EA, 'Introduction: Environmental Sustainability', Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 22, (2) pp. 167-170. ISSN 1030-4312 (2008) [Non Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10304310701864360 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

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2008Giblett R, Lester EA, 'Environmental Sustainability', 22, (2) pp. 289. ISSN 1030-4312 (2008) [Edited Journal]

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2008van Vuuren K, Lester EA, 'Eco-media', 127, (May) pp. 181. ISSN 1329-878X (2008) [Edited Journal]

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2008van Vuuren K, Lester EA, 'Ecomedia: Of Angelic Images and Environmental Values', Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, 127, (May) pp. 71-81. ISSN 1329-878X (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 2

2006Hutchins B, Lester EA, 'Environmental Protest and Tap-dancing with the Media in the Information Age', Media, Culture and Society, 28, (3) pp. 433-451. ISSN 0163-4437 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0163443706062911 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 37Web of Science - 31

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2006Lester EA, 'Lost in the Wilderness? Celebrity, Protest and the News', Journalism Studies, 7, (6) pp. 907-921. ISSN 1461-670X (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14616700600980686 [eCite] [Details]

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2006Lester EA, 'We Too Are Green: Public Relations, Symbolic Power and the Tasmanian Wilderness Conflict', Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, 121, (November) pp. 52-64. ISSN 1329-878X (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2006Lester EA, 'Journalism, Reflexivity, and the Natural State', Australian Journal of Communication, 33, (2, 3) pp. 75-88. ISSN 0811-6202 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2005Lester EA, 'Wilderness and the Loaded Language of News', Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, 115, (May) pp. 123-134. ISSN 1329-878X (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Lester EA, 'Media and Environment' (2013) [Revision/New Edition]

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2013Lester EA, Hutchins B, 'Environmental Conflict and the Media', Peter Lang, New York, pp. 347. ISBN 978-1-433-11892-0 (2013) [Edited Book]

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2011Cottle SR, Lester EA, 'Transnational Protests and the Media', Peter Lang, New York, pp. 352. ISBN 978-1-4331-0985-0 (2011) [Edited Book]

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Co-authors: Cottle SR

2010Lester EA, 'Media and Environment: Conflict, Politics and the News', Polity Press, Cambridge, pp. 200. ISBN 978-0-7456-4401-1 (2010) [Authored Research Book]

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2007Lester EA, 'Giving Ground: Media and Environmental Conflict in Tasmania', Quintus Publishing, Hobart, pp. 189. ISBN 978-0-9775572-3-3 (2007) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(14 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Lester EA, 'Containment and Reach: The changing ecology of environmental communication: News and new media roles', Routledge Handbook of Environmental Communication, Routledge, Hansen, A and Cox, R (ed), Abingdon ISBN 978-0-415-70435-9 (2015) [Other Book Chapter]

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2015Lester EA, Cottle S, 'Protests, Publics and Media Participation (in an Environmental Age: Between Representation and Connectivity', Routledge Handbook of Environmental Communication, Routledge, Hansen, A and Cox, R (ed), Abingdon ISBN 978-0-415-70435-9 (2015) [Other Book Chapter]

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2014Lester EA, 'Media and the Environment', The Media & Communications in Australia, Allen & Unwin, Stuart Cunningham and Sue Turnbull (ed), Crows Nest , NSW, pp. 321-327. ISBN 9781743311639 (2014) [Other Book Chapter]

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2013Hutchins B, Lester EA, 'Tree-Sitting in the Network Society', Environmental Conflict and the Media, Peter Lang, L Lester and B Hutchins (ed), New York, pp. 7-21. ISBN 9781433118937 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Hutchins B, Lester EA, 'Environmental Protest and Tap-Dancing with the Media in the Information Age', Media and the Environment: Critical Concepts in the Environment, Routledge, A Hansen (ed), United Kinddom, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-0415525626 (2013) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2013Lester EA, Cottle SR, 'Visualising Climate Change: TV News and Ecological Citizenship', Media and the Environment: Critical Concepts in the Environment, Routledge, Anders Hansen (ed), United Kindgdom, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-0415525626 (2013) [Revised Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Cottle SR

2013Lester EA, Hutchins B, 'Power Games: Environmental Protest, News Media and the Internet', Media and the Environment: Critical Concepts in the Environment, Routledge, A Hansen (ed), United Kindgom, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-0415525626 (2013) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2013Lester L, 'On Flak, Balance and Activism: The Ups and Downs of Environmental Journalism', Journalism Research and Investigation in a Digital World, Oxford University Press, S Tanner and N Richardson (ed), Melbourne, pp. 221-232. ISBN 9780195518337 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013McGaurr LC, Lester EA, 'Country Studies: Australia', Climate Change in the Media: Reporting Risk and Uncertainty, I.B.Tauris, James Painter (ed), London, pp. 79-88. ISBN 978 1 78076 588 4 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: McGaurr LC

2011Hutchins B, Lester L, 'Politics, Power and Online Protest in an Age of Environmental Conflict', Transnational Protests and the Media, Peter Lang Publishing Inc, S Cottle, L Lester (ed), New York, pp. 159-171. ISBN 978-1-4331-0986-7 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Lester L, Cottle S, 'Transational Protests and the Media: Toward Global Civil Society?', Transnational Protests and the Media, Peter Lang Publishing Inc, S Cottle, L Lester (ed), New York, pp. 287-291. ISBN 978-1-4331-0986-7 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Cottle S

2011Lester L, Cottle S, 'Transnational Protests and the Media: An Introduction', Transnational Protests and the Media, Peter Lang Publishing Inc, S Cottle, L Lester (ed), New York, pp. 3-16. ISBN 978-1-4331-0986-7 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Cottle S

2010Lester EA, 'Journalism and Celebrity Politics', Journalism and Meaning-Making: Reading the Newspaper, Hampton Press, Verica Rupar (ed), Cresskill, NJ, pp. 141-157. ISBN 978-1-57273-937-6 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009McGaurr LC, Lester EA, 'Complementary Problems, Competing Risks: Climate Change, Nuclear Energy and The Australian', Climate Change and the Media, Peter Lang, Tammy Boyce and Justin Lewis (ed), New York, pp. 174-185. ISBN 978-1-4331-0461-9 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: McGaurr LC

Conference Publication

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Lehman KF, Fillis I, Frankham NH, Lester EA, 'An analysis of intrinsic impact and visitor engagement in the visual arts', Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing's (UK) 12th International Colloquium on Nonprofit, Arts, Heritage, and Social Marketing, September 6, 2013, Scotland, pp. 1-6. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Lehman KF; Frankham NH

2008McGaurr LC, Lester EA, 'Complementary Problems, Competing Risks: Climate Change, Nuclear Energy and the Australian', Comparative Journalism Studies Conference, 25-27 July, Hobart, Tasmania (2008) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: McGaurr LC

2008Rupar V, Lester EA, 'Conference Proceedings ', EJEL, 25-27 June 2008, Hobart (2008) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Rupar V

2005Lester EA, Ellis C, 'Proceedings of Imaging Nature: Media, Environment and Tourism', Faculty of Arts, 27-29 June 2004, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania (2005) [Conference Edited]

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2005Lester EA, Ellis C, 'Edited Volume of Conference Proceedings of Imaging Nature: Media, Environment and Tourism, Cradle Mountain, 27-29 June 2004', Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania, June 2004, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, pp. online. (2005) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Ellis C

Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Frankham N, Lehman K, Lester E, 'Domain: a contested landscape, Exhibition, Ten Days on the Island. Artists: Lisa Anderson, Lucy Bleach, Joy Barber, Patricia Brassington, Lindsay Broughton, Steven Carson, Linda Erceg, Ruth Frost, Megan Keating, Milan Milojevic, Brigita Ozolins, Geoff Parr, Troy Ruffels, Marie Sierra, David Stephenson, Lucia Usmiani, John Vella, Martin Walch and Paul Zika', Plimsoll Gallery, Domain House, Queens Domain, Hobart (2013) [Curated Exhibition]

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Co-authors: Frankham N; Lehman K

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2005Lester EA, 'Contesting Wilderness: Media, Movement and Environmental Conflict in Tasmania' (2005) [PhD]

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Entry

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Lester EA, 'Environmental Reporting', A Companion to the Australian Media, B. Griffen-Foley (ed), Australia, 1, pp. 152-153 (2014) [Entry]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2007Lester EA, 'Tasmanian tales: when celebrity falls flat', Crikey.com.au, Australia, 29 August (2007) [Newspaper Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

7

Total funding

$1,624,633

Projects

Transnational Environmental Campaigns in the Australia-Asian Region (2015 - 2018)$237,500
Description
Conflict over environments, resources and landscapes has become a feature of contemporary political life. Increasingly, these conflicts are articulated, negotiated and potentially resolved across national boundaries and complex networks of media and communications. In the context of intensifying pressure for resource access, market opportunities and changing media practices in Australia and the Asian region, it is critical to examine how competing environmental claims are mediated, and how this mediation influences public debate, policy and market viability. Providing evidence-based analysis of transnational conflicts as they emerge and travel, this project will inform debate on Australias environmental and economic sustainability.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($237,500)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA
Period
2015 - 2018
Grant Reference
DP150103454
Europe and Australia in the World: Reporting Political, Environment and Social Change (WORLDREP) (2015 - 2018)$1,004,217
Description
Journalism remains a central source of information about our world. Individuals,communities, industries and governments continue to rely on news media to provide knowledge of issues and to interpret change. The capacity to understand the contextualise our world demands reporters with international knowledge and outlook, who can respond to local and global events and conditions. This program dresses this demand.
Funding
European Union ($1,004,217)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
Department of Education and Training (Commonwealth)
Research Team
Lester EA; Clifford KL; Allen P; Doi M
Period
2015 - 2018
Leadership and the Construction of Environmental Concerns in Australia (2013 - 2015)$181,100
Description
This project investigates environmental leadership in Australia in a period of rapid political and media change, for the first time connecting leadership of the Australian environmental movement to the public articulation and negotiation of environmental threats and conflict. By mapping the shifting profile of environmental leadership in Australia and its political and media influences, this research will contribute incisive, evidence-based knowledge to the politics of environmental sustainability.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($181,100)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Tranter BK; Lester EA
Period
2013 - 2015
Grant Reference
DP130102154
Changing Landscapes: Online Media and Politics in an Age of Environmental Conflict (2010 - 2012)$182,000
Description
The environment is a key political concern, with media reportage of environmental issues provoking critical democratic debate. This project investigates environmental conflict, news media and politics in a time of rapid socio-cultural and technological change. The Internet and V/ are crucial additions to the media ecology mix alongside print and broadcast platforms, enabling innovative activist strategies and producing unpredictable political responses. The first project of its type in Australia, this research will significantly enhance understanding of the media and political contexts in which environmental conflict occurs, as well as make an original contribution to international scholarship on environmental media.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($182,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA; Hutchins Brett
Period
2010 - 2012
Grant Reference
DP1095173
Media and Environmental Conflict: A Pilot Comparative Study (2007)$10,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA
Year
2007
Lost in the Wilderness? Celebrity, Environmental Conflict and the News. (2006)$6,816
Funding
University of Tasmania ($6,816)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA
Year
2006
Proposal to Internationalise the Curriculum: Media and the Environment (2005)$3,000
Funding
Flexible Education Unit ($3,000)
Scheme
Projects to Internationalise the Curriculum
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA
Year
2005

Research Supervision

Current

11

Completed

8

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDCovering the Wars of the Twenty-first Century Iraq, Afghanistan and the Australian Media2009
MastersWould You Like Genes With That? Romanticism and the debate over genetically modified food2011
PhDA Case Study of (Regional) Place Branding: Tasmania's Complex and Contested Identity, Public Diplomacy Dilemmas and Communication Flows in its Place Branding Strategy towards China2012
PhDMega-protests vs. Mega-projects: Media, Power and Mega-hydro in Chile2012
PhDHyperlocal Media, Community Participation and Social Change: A Study of Public Broadcasting and Community Conversations in the Digital Age2013
PhDLeadership and the Construction of Environmental Concerns in Tasmania2013
MastersHobart's Domain: An Inalienable Landscape2013
PhDCommunications, Leadership, Identity and the Knitting Nannas in the Lock the Gate social movement2013
PhDFuture Focused Journalism: Idealism and Realism in Tasmania Post-Gunns2014
PhDThe Conceptualisation of Environmentalism as Threat in Tasmanian Minds and Media2015
PhDTransnational Environmental Campaigns: the Influence of Media and Communications on the Carmichael Coal Mine Proposal2016

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDWe can help: An Australian case study of post-disaster online convergence and community resilience
Candidate: Melanie Irons
2015
PhDThe Age of Consent: News, crime and public debate
Candidate: Claire Marie Konkes
2015
PhDTravel Journalism, Cosmopolitan Concern and the Place-Branded Environment
Candidate: Lynette Carline McGaurr
2013
MastersLolita: Atemporal Class-Play with Tea and Cakes
Candidate: Sophia Abigail Staite
2012
PhDThe Popular Political Documentary: Case Studies of Magnetic Media
Candidate: Damian John McIver
2010
MastersHold the Presses: The Vision Unsplendid for Australian Newspapers
Candidate: Bruce John Montgomery
2009
MastersTheistic Existentialism in the Fiction of Tim Winton
Candidate: Roie Thomas
2008
MastersA Comparative Analysis of the Press Coverage of the Whaling Conflict in Australia and Japan in 2005-2006
Candidate: Mitsuru Kudo
2008