Tania Lewis is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. An ex medical practitioner, her research focuses on lifestyle media, culture and consumption and grassroots green movements. Tania is a member of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT and has conducted a wide range of research from video ethnographic studies of backyard permaculture, household hard rubbish reuse and community engagement in environmental pollution and equity issues (for the EPA) to qualitative research with TV audiences and industry in South and East Asia. She is currently a chief investigator (with Yolande Strengers) on the three-year project ‘Work-life ecologies: lifestyle, sustainability, practices’, funded by RMIT’s Sustainable Urban Precincts Project.
Tania has published over 40 journal articles and chapters on lifestyle media and culture and is the author of Smart Living: Lifestyle Media and Popular Expertise (Peter Lang: 2008), and co-author of Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Lives in Asia (forthcoming with Duke University Press). She is also a co-author (with Sarah Pink et al) of Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practices (Sage: 2015) and editor and co-editor of 4 collections with Routledge, TV Transformations, Ethical Consumption: A Critical Introduction, Green Asia: Ecocultures, Sustainable Lifestyles and Ethical Consumption (forthcoming) and Lifestyle Media in Asia (forthcoming).
Kim has both a national and international reputation for his work in the sociology of consumption and material life. Much of his research over the past two decades has focused on the history, theory and politics of consumption and, more recently, on anti-consumerism as a social movement. Alongside producing over 30 publications in the field, Kim is a regular media commentator on consumer culture and has held visiting fellowships at the Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester, and in the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, Kings College London.
His books include Shelf Life: Supermarkets and the Changing Cultures of Consumption (Cambridge University Press, 1998 & 2011), Excess: Anti-Consumerism in the West (Polity, 2010), and the co-edited collection Consumer Australia: Historical Perspectives (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010). Kim is Associate Professor of History & Social Theory in the School of Global Studies, Social Science & Planning at RMIT and is a core member of the School’s Globalism Research Centre (where part of this project is being undertaken). Kim is Chief Investigator on this project.
Paula Arcari’s background is in climate science and she holds Masters degrees in Environmental Science from Edinburgh and Monash Universities. After working for nearly four years with ICLEI Oceania in Melbourne on water and greenhouse gas measurement and abatement programs, she took on a role at RMIT’s Centre for Design (now the Urban Research Centre).
Between 2009 and 2013, she has worked on a range of quantitative and qualitative projects and programs relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation, household energy and water consumption, and community engagement. During this time, she has been an active member of RMIT’s Beyond Behaviour Change group and is using Social Practice Theory to inform her PhD research on the consumption of ‘ethical’ and ‘sustainable’ meat. Paula is a Research Assistant on this project.
Ferne Edwards is a PhD candidate at the National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health, Australian National University. She holds degrees in Anthropology, Spanish, and International Urban and Environmental Management. Ferne’s research publications include sustainable cities, alternative food networks, ‘freeganism’, urban beekeeping and food sovereignty.
Ferne also has experience organising sustainability events and networks, including SustainableMelbourne.com, SustainableCitiesNet.com, the Sustainable Cities Round Tables (Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab), the Sustainable Living Festival, and the Food Sovereignty Study Tour to Venezuela. Ferne holds positions as Fellow, Centre for Sustainability Leadership, and World Social Science Fellow, International Council of Social Sciences. Ferne is a Research Assistant on this project.