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Libby Lester

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Libby Lester

Director, Institute for Social Change
College of Arts, Law and Education
Professor, Media
School of Creative Arts and Media

Room 533 , Social Sciences Building

+61 3 6226 7542 (phone)

+61 3 6226 7631 (fax)

Elizabeth.Lester@utas.edu.au

Libby Lester is Director of the Institute for Social Change and Professor of Media at the University of Tasmania. Her research focuses on how issues are raised, understood and responded to in public debate, and she is recognised internationally for her work on environmental communications.

She works across industries, government and NGOs to understand and promote the role of communication and media in good decision making about shared social and environmental heritage and futures. She asks in particular how regional communities and industries adapt and change in the face of global crises, such as climate change and land degradation, and expanding networks of communications, travel and trade.

Recent Australian Research Council-funded research has focussed on trade, resources and global communications, drawing on case studies on forestry, aquaculture, tourism and mining to examine the flows of information, resources and people between Australia and its Asian trading partners. Findings are available in the recently published book, Global Trade and Mediatised Environmental Protest: The View from Here (2019, Palgrave Macmillan).

Overall, she has authored, co-authored and co-edited seven books. These include Leadership and the Construction of Environmental Concerns (2018, Palgrave Macmillan), Environmental Pollution and the Media: Political Discourses of Risk and Responsibility in Australia, China and Japan (Routledge 2017) and Media and Environment: Conflict, Politics and the News (Polity 2010; Arabic ed 2013). She has been awarded four Australian Research Council discovery grants, most recently with Professors Brett Hutchins and Toby Miller to study sport as a communications platform for environmental issues.

Her research appears in leading international journals, including Media, Culture & Society, International Communication Gazette, Journalism, Forestry, International Journal of Communication, Environmental Policy and Governance, 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.

Biography

Before 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.

Career summary

Qualifications

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

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 Advisor, Media International Australia

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

  • Director, Institute for Social Change (2020 - )
  • Associate Dean, Research, College of Arts, Law and Education (2017 - 2019)
  • Chair, University of Tasmania Academic Workload Consultative Committee (2017 - 2018)
  • Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts (2016)
  • Head of Discipline, 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 transnational media and trade, environmental and political conflict (local, regional, global), journalism and news studies, transnational media and politics, environmental communications, and protests and social movements.

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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.

Latest Book

Global Trade and Mediatised Environmental Protest: The View from Here

Book - Global Trade and Mediatised Environmental Protest - The View From Here

Palgrave Macmillan 2019.

As more governments, companies and individuals scan the globe for access to primary resources such as minerals and timber, food, power and water, and destinations for work, holidays and homes, pressures on places and communities grow. At the same time, global environmental risks – most notably, climate change – produce new networks and unfamiliar forms of politics. Communication media are integral to this change. This book explores how geographically diverse groups and individuals interact in and through media to influence the negotiations and decisions affecting often distant landscapes and communities. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in the Australia-Asia region, the book includes case studies on the environmental protests that follow the international flow of people and resources, including timber, fish, coal, water and tourism. It asks how ‘communities of concern’ are evoked, which transcend local places and national boundaries.

Reviews

‘This book offers a richly illuminating and theoretically sophisticated account of the emergence of a new politics of environmental conflict that transcends local places and national boundaries. Drawing upon a range of fascinating ethnographic case studies, Lester provides significant new thinking on how shifts have occurred over time, and calls for the news media to do away with the myth of the bounded community.’

—Professor Alison Anderson, University of Plymouth, UK, and Adjunct Professor, Monash University, Australia

‘This is a timely and path-breaking contribution to the field of transnational protests and communications. With characteristic eloquence and insight Libby Lester provides a nuanced and dynamic view of the complex dance now being played out between environmental protests and media across national borders, explaining both media blind-spots and the levers that can sometimes propel environmental issues into the world spotlight. Highly recommended.’

—Professor Simon Cottle, Cardiff University, Wales

Lester’s The View from Here is an important contribution to the field of environmental communication in that it considers the challenges, possibilities and even contradictions of environmental protest in an age of ubiquitous media. By “following the media,” she identifies not only antagonisms but also gaps in definitions, guiding assumptions and the different levels of political power and agency that shape and define local environmental conflicts. Significantly, Lester also engages questions of how information and science can be used to mount more impactful protests for forcing powerful interests to take responsibility and work for sustainable change, making this book an essential read for anyone committed to real environmental problem solving.

—Professor Patrick D. Murphy, author of The Media Commons: Globalization and Environmental Discourses

Lester has written a readable book on mediated environmental protest, solidly grounded in recent theoretical developments and packed with original empirical insights. The book delivers a state-of-the-art examination of the mediated strategies, tactics and alliances that protesters develop in order to affect environmental decisions and policies. The analysis features several interesting cases in Australia and elsewhere that show the ambiguous role of the media for advancing environmental causes, and brings up valuable points of interest to researchers and activists. A must read!

— Professor Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University, USA

Fields of Research

  • Media Studies (200104)
  • Communication and Media Studies (200199)
  • Journalism Studies (190301)
  • Communication Studies (200101)
  • Environmental Sociology (160802)
  • Journalism and Professional Writing (190399)
  • Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
  • Studies in Human Society (169999)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics (111199)
  • Cultural Studies (200299)
  • Performance and Installation Art (190504)
  • Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography (160402)
  • Environment Policy (160507)
  • Social Policy (160512)
  • Marketing Management (incl. Strategy and Customer Relations) (150503)
  • Social Change (160805)
  • Family and Household Studies (160301)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law (180101)
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)
  • Marketing Communications (150502)
  • Forestry Management and Environment (070504)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement (150303)
  • Environmental Education and Extension (050203)
  • Visual Arts and Crafts (190599)
  • Education (139999)
  • Law (180199)
  • Fisheries Management (070403)
  • Environmental Politics (160605)
  • Tree Improvement (Selection and Breeding) (070507)
  • Film and Television (190204)
  • Rural Sociology (160804)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Physical Oceanography (040503)

Research Objectives

  • The Media (950204)
  • Communication (950299)
  • Environment (969999)
  • Communication Across Languages and Culture (950201)
  • Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability (960311)
  • Community Service (excl. Work) (940199)
  • Law, Politics and Community Services (949999)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Environmental Education and Awareness (960703)
  • Trade and Environment (960707)
  • Nutrition (920411)
  • Structure, Delivery and Financing of Community Services (940117)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales (960501)
  • Political Systems (940203)
  • Employment Patterns and Change (940501)
  • Marketing (910403)
  • Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism (900302)
  • Workforce Transition and Employment (939908)
  • Arts and Leisure (950199)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Ability and Disability (940101)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis (940204)
  • Organised Sports (950102)
  • Plant Production and Plant Primary Products (829999)
  • Social Class and Inequalities (940116)
  • Management and Productivity (910499)
  • Conserving the Historic Environment (950307)
  • Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change (960305)
  • Education and Training (939999)
  • Hardwood Plantations (820101)
  • Softwood Plantations (820105)
  • Heritage (950399)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production (839899)
  • Climate Change Mitigation Strategies (960302)
  • Primary Animal Products (830599)
  • Publishing and Print Services (incl. Internet Publishing) (890404)
  • International Political Economy (excl. International Trade) (940304)
  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)

Publications

Book - Media and EnvironmentBook - Global Trade and Mediatised Environmental Protest - The View From HereBook - Giving GroundBook - Environmental ConflictBook - Environmental Pollution

Total publications

83

Journal Article

(41 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Cullen-Knox C, Fleming A, Lester L, Ogier E, 'Tracing environmental sustainability discourses: an Australia-Asia seafood case study', Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, (MAR) Article 176. ISSN 2296-7745 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00176 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Cullen-Knox C; Fleming A; Ogier E

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2020Kent K, Murray S, Penrose B, Auckland S, Visentin D, et al., 'Prevalence and socio-demographic predictors of food insecurity in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic', Nutrients, 12 pp. 1-20. ISSN 2072-6643 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/nu12092682 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Kent K; Murray S; Penrose B; Auckland S; Visentin D

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2020Milstein T, McGaurr L, Lester L, 'Make love, not war?: Radical environmental activism's reconfigurative potential and pitfalls', Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space pp. 1-19. ISSN 2514-8486 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/2514848620901443 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: McGaurr L

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2019Cullen-Knox C, Fleming A, Lester L, Ogier E, 'Publicised scrutiny and mediatised environmental conflict: the case of Tasmanian salmon aquaculture', Marine Policy, 100 pp. 307-315. ISSN 0308-597X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.11.040 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Cullen-Knox C; Fleming A; Ogier E

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2019Dodd B, Konkes C, Reid D, Lester L, 'A freelance-based foreign exchange programme: Tasmanian students' professional development on WORLDREP', Australian Journalism Review, 41, (1) pp. 85-102. ISSN 0810-2686 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1386/ajr.41.1.85_1 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Dodd B; Konkes C; Reid D

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2019Edwards P, Fleming A, Lacey J, Lester L, Pinkard L, et al., 'Trust, engagement, information and social licence: insights from New Zealand', Environmental Research Letters, 14, (2) pp. 1-9. ISSN 1748-9326 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaf33c [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Fleming A

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2018Ripoll Gonzalez L, Lester L, ' All for One, One for All': communicative processes of cocreation of place brands through inclusive and horizontal stakeholder collaborative networks', Communication & Society, 31, (4) pp. 59-78. ISSN 0214-0039 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.15581/003.31.4.59-78 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Ripoll Gonzalez L

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2017Cullen-Knox C, Eccleston R, Haward M, Lester E, Vince J, 'Contemporary challenges in environmental governance: technology, governance and the social licence', Environmental Policy and Governance, 27, (1) pp. 3-13. ISSN 1756-932X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/eet.1743 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Cullen-Knox C; Eccleston R; Haward M; Vince J

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2017Foxwell-Norton K, Lester L, 'Saving the Great Barrier Reef from disaster, media then and now', Media Culture and Society, 39, (4) pp. 568-581. ISSN 0163-4437 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0163443717692738 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

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2017Konkes C, Lester L, 'Incomplete knowledge, rumour and truth seeking: when conspiracy theories become news', Journalism Studies, 18, (7) pp. 826-844. ISSN 1461-670X (2017) [Refereed Article]

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

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Konkes C

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2017McGaurr LC, Lester EA, 'Environmental groups treading the discursive tightrope of social license: Australian and Canadian cases compared', International Journal of Communication, 11 pp. 3476-3496. ISSN 1932-8036 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: McGaurr LC

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2017Tranter BK, Lester L, 'Climate patriots? Concern over climate change and other environmental issues in Australia', Public Understanding of Science, 26, (6) pp. 738-752. ISSN 0963-6625 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0963662515618553 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Tranter BK

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2016Konkes C, Lester L, 'Justice, politics and the social usefulness of news', Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal, 12, (1) pp. 17-35. ISSN 1741-6590 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1741659015599975 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Konkes C

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2016Lester L, 'Containing spectacle in the transnational public sphere', Environmental Communication, 10, (6) pp. 791-802. ISSN 1752-4032 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2015.1127849 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5

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2016Lester L, 'Media and social licence: on being publicly useful in Tasmanian forests conflict', Forestry, 89, (5) pp. 542-551. ISSN 0015-752X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 18

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2016McGaurr L, Tranter B, Lester L, 'Environmental leaders and Indigenous engagement in Australia: a cosmopolitan enterprise?', Conservation and Society, 14, (3) pp. 254-266. ISSN 0972-4923 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.4103/0972-4923.191163 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4

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 - 31Web of Science - 24

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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: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 7

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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]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7

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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Citations: Web of Science - 11

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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]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: McGaurr L; Tranter B

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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

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2012Lester L, Hutchins B, 'Soft journalism, politics and environmental risk: An Australian story', Journalism, 13, (5) pp. 654-6657. ISSN 1741-3001 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1464884911421706 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11

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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 - 47Web of Science - 46

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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 - 4Web of Science - 8

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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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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 - 7

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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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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 - 74Web of Science - 62

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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 - 7Web of Science - 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]

DOI: 10.1177/1329878x0812700111 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

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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 - 57Web of Science - 48

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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]

Citations: Scopus - 22

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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

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Lester E, 'Global Trade and Mediatised Environmental Protest: The View From Here', Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 177. ISBN 978-3-030-27722-2 (2019) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-27723-9 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Hook GD, Lester L, Ji M, Edney K, Pope CG, et al., 'Environmental pollution and the media: political discourses of risk and responsibility in Australia, China and Japan', Routledge, United Kingdom, pp. 204. ISBN 9780415710312 (2017) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.4324/9781315198446 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2017Tranter B, Lester L, McGaurr L, 'Leadership and the construction of environmental concerns', Palgrave Macmillan, London, United Kingdom, pp. 183. ISBN 978-1-137-56583-9 (2017) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-56584-6 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Tranter B; McGaurr L

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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

(19 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Lester E, Foxwell-Norton K, 'Citizens and Science: Media, Communication and Conservation', Conservation Research, Policy and Practice, Cambridge University Press, W Sutherland et al (ed), Cambridge, UK, pp. 265-276. ISBN 9781108638210 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1017/9781108638210.016 [eCite] [Details]

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2020Lester L, Foxwell-Norton K, 'Citizens and Science: Media, Communication and Conservation', Conservation Research, Policy and Practice, Cambridge University Press, WJ Sutherland et al (ed), Cambridge, UK ISBN 9781108714587 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1017/9781108638210.016 [eCite] [Details]

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2020McGaurr L, Lester L, 'The Climate Gaze and Koalas in Extremis', Intimate Relations: Communicating (in) the Anthropocene, Lexington Press, A Dare and V Fletcher (ed), Washington DC, USA ISBN 9781788119627 (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: McGaurr L

2018McGaurr L, Lester L, 'See It Before It's Too Late? Last-Chance Travel Lists and Climate Change', Climate Change and the Media, Peter Lang Inc, B Brevini and J Lewis (ed), New York, pp. 123-140. ISBN 978-1-4331-5437-9 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.3726/b14826 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: McGaurr L

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2017Lester L, 'Environment and human rights activism, journalism and 'the new war'', Routledge Companion to Media & Human Rights, Routledge, S Waisbord and H Tumber (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 268-276. ISBN 9781138665545 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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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, pp. 232-241. ISBN 978-0-415-70435-9 (2015) [Other Book Chapter]

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2015Lester EA, Cottle S, 'Transnational protests, publics and media participation (in an environmental age)', The Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication, Routledge, Hansen, A and Cox, R (ed), Abingdon, pp. 100-110. 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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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 & Co Ltd, James Painter (ed), London, pp. 79-88. ISBN 978 1 78076 588 4 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Hutchins B, Lester L, 'Politics, Power and Online Protest in an Age of Environmental Conflict', Transnational Protests and the Media, Peter Lang, 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, S Cottle, L Lester (ed), New York, pp. 287-291. ISBN 978-1-4331-0986-7 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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

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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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Conference Publication

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Dodd B, Lester L, 'Between public and brand engagement: communicating an ecological crisis', The 69th Annual International Communication Association Conference, 24-28 May, Washington, D.C. (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2018McGaurr L, Lester L, 'The Climate Gaze', Journalism from the margins to the mainstream: JERAA Annual Conference: Program and Abstracts, 3-5 December 2018, University of Tasmania, pp. 25. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: McGaurr L

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

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Anderson A, Lester L, 'Foreword in 'The Local and the Digital in Environmental Communication'', Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series, J Diaz-Pont et al (ed), UK (2020) [Entry]

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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

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Lester L, 'How Bob Brown taught Australians to talk about, and care for, the 'wilderness'', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Trust, Melbourne, Australia, 24 August 2020 (2020) [Magazine Article]

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2018Hutchins B, Lester L, 'Some questions for Simon Birmingham, from two researchers whose ARC grant he quashed', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 29 October 2018 (2018) [Magazine Article]

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2017Hutchins B, Lester L, 'Sport, the environment and climate change - A note from Australia', Play the Game, Danish Institute for Sports Studies, Denmark, 19 December 2017 (2017) [Magazine Article]

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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

17

Total funding

$2,608,251

Projects

The Tasmania Project: Valuing Tasmania's cultural and creative industries through COVID-19 and beyond (2020)$9,813
Description
Analysis of relevant national datasets on community participation and workforce. Measure / understand community value of creativity and culture through community surveys and interviews. Understand COVID-19 impacts on the cultural and creative sector and ambitions for individual and sector support and recovery / future through workforce survey and interviews with workforce and sector leaders.
Funding
Department of State Growth (Tas) ($9,813)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA; Williams KA; Yanotti MB
Year
2020
COVID-19 safety behavioural change community survey (2020)$10,000
Description
Design, deployment and management of an online survey to inform the COVID-19 Public Information Unit's public campaign on longer-term community behavioural change for COVID-19 safety.
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($10,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA
Year
2020
The Tasmania Project: Wellbeing (2020)$18,093
Description
Design and delivery of a survey aligned to the OECDs Better Life Index identifying what matters to Tasmanians and how satisfied they are with each measure in their own lives, as a platform for future policy development.
Funding
Department of Treasury and Finance ($18,093)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA; Stoeckl NE; Tranter BK; Banham RT; Pisanu N; Horton EM
Year
2020
Fields of Green? Sport as a Communication Platform for Environmental Issues (2020 - 2022)$429,962
Description
This pioneering project aims to investigate the range of environmental and sustainability messages communicatedby media sport, and how these messages negotiate the dilemma of promoting environmental awareness through events and activities that also generate adverse ecological impacts. By engaging media sport professionals, environmental claims-makers, policy-makers and journalists, this project seeks to deliver valuable knowledge that informs industry decision-making, policy formulation and environmental awareness. The intended societal benefit is a new understanding of how environmental issues are communicated through popular media to large-scale publics, including how tensions in the communication of environmental change are negotiated.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($429,962)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hutchins Brett; Lester EA; Miller BT
Period
2020 - 2022
Grant Reference
DP200103360
Tasmanian population research partnership (2019 - 2021)$150,000
Description
Collaborative research and analysis of Tasmanias changing demographics to better inform policy and program development
Funding
Department of State Growth (Tas) ($150,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA; Denny LJ
Period
2019 - 2021
Research Enhancement Program (REP) 2019 - CALE (2019)$105,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($105,000)
Scheme
Grant- Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA
Year
2019
Translation of environmental knowledge to policy: bridging the gap between scientists and societal behaviour change (2019 - 2022)$51,000
Description
This project will develop approaches for bridging the communication gap between scientists and the wider community.If science is to be influential in informing environmentalmanagement through policy change, it requires effective engagement between scientists and the public. While there is some knowledge of how well the public understands science, there is little knowledge of scientists' understanding of their public, which plays out in examples of poorly targeted and ineffective communication about important environmental issues. This project will develop approaches for bridging the communication gap betweenscientists and the wider community, drawing on the University of Tasmania's expertise on environmental communication.CSIRO Scholarship Top Up for Israel Adeseko
Funding
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation ($51,000)
Scheme
Scholarship-Top-Up
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA; Pinkard L
Period
2019 - 2022
Future Seas: Transforming Australia into a "Marine Knowledge Nation' (2019)$50,000
Description
We live in an age of staggering data availability, yet people around the world are becoming increasingly skeptical of science. Moreover, demands for natural resources continue to escalate and we need to manage these demands in the face of unprecedented environmental changes. Major transformations are needed to create a sustainable future for our state, region, country and the planet. A key challenge for environmental sustainability is identifying how to encourage the uptake of behaviors at individual, local and global scales - that will leverage greater environmental benefit.This proposal will examine:1.What are the key leverage points and associated processes for achieving an engaged and scientifically literate society, to underpin effective management of Australias marine resources?, and2.How can we adapt models of change that have successfully led to positive environmental behavior and stewardship in the recent past?
Funding
University of Tasmania ($50,000)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Pecl GT; Scott JL; McGee JS; Nowak BF; Lester EA; Vince JZ; Norris K; de Salas KL
Year
2019
Research Enhancement Program (REP) 2018 - CALE (2018)$96,750
Funding
University of Tasmania ($96,750)
Scheme
Grant- Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA
Year
2018
2017 Research Enhancement Program - Arts (2017)$63,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($63,000)
Scheme
Grant- Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA
Year
2017
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; Forde S; Munk I
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

9

Completed

17

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDMaking Media Act. Grassroots Media Practice and Nonviolent Resistance. A case study of the New South Wales movement against coal seam gas (2011-2016)2013
PhDThe Nature, Dynamics and Complexity of Environmental Conflict in Governance and Corporate Structures; How can positive change be effectively communicated?2016
PhDWho's Afraid of Minority Government? A comparative analysis of the role news media plays in agenda setting and myth-making2017
PhDMedia Consolidation and Personalised News Feeds: Investigating the impact on the quality, diversity and impact of political news in regional Australia2018
PhDSocial Media as a News Source: How The Guardian uses social media texts to report on crisis events2018
PhDReporting Antarctica: Unlocking the secrets of the frozen continent2018
PhDTranslation of Environmental Knowledge to Policy: Bridging the gap between scientists and societal behavioral change2019
PhDMighty Morphin Childhood: Adding nostalgia to the transnational media mix2020
MastersNarrative focussed environmental documentary: A documentary film about the proposal to fly tourists into a standing camp on Lake Malbena in Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage area2020

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDNews Media Representation of Public Environmental Litigation During Environmental Conflict: Coal, coral and courtrooms
Candidate: Cynthia Amelia Nixon
2019
PhDBecoming Emblematic: Lessons from a mediatised megaproject conflict in Chile
Candidate: Marie-Gabrielle Mocatta
2019
PhDSeeing the Forest for the Trees: Ontological security and experiences of Tasmanian forests
Candidate: Rebecca Tahnee Banham
2019
PhDFraming the Future: Propositional journalism and the construction of leadership in New Tasmania
Candidate: William Manning Dodd
2018
PhDLeadership and the Construction of Environmental Concern in Tasmania
Candidate: Peter Edward Wells
2018
PhDImproving Citizen Engagement: Community conversations and collaboration on ABC local radio
Candidate: Jocelyn Ellen Nettlefold
2017
PhDInclusive Policy Networks for Participatory Place Branding: Enhancing stakeholder engagement using an action intervention methodology
Candidate: Laura Ripoll Gonzalez
2017
MastersThe Queens Domain and the Peoples Temper: Contest for public natural space in urban landscapes
Candidate: Stephenie Patricia Cahalan
2016
MastersWould You Like Genes With That? Romanticism and the debate over genetically modified food
Candidate: Liam James Gash
2016
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