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Researcher: Lester, EA (Professor Libby Lester)

Fields of Research

Media Studies
Communication and Media Studies
Journalism Studies
Environmental Sociology
Communication Studies
Journalism and Professional Writing
Studies in Human Society
Natural Resource Management
Marketing Management (incl. Strategy and Customer Relations)
Performance and Installation Art
Environment Policy
Social Policy
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law
Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Marketing Communications
Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Forestry Management and Environment
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Environmental Education and Extension
Social Change
Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
Visual Arts and Crafts
Fisheries Management
Film and Television
Environmental Politics
Tree Improvement (Selection and Breeding)
Rural Sociology
Environmental Management
Physical Oceanography

Research Objectives

The Media
Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
Communication Across Languages and Culture
Community Service (excl. Work)
The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
Law, Politics and Community Services
Environmental Education and Awareness
Trade and Environment
Political Systems
Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism
Ability and Disability
Workforce Transition and Employment
Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Organised Sports
Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Conserving the Historic Environment
Social Class and Inequalities
Management and Productivity
Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change
Hardwood Plantations
Education and Training
Softwood Plantations
Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production
Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
Primary Animal Products
Understanding Australia's Past
Publishing and Print Services (incl. Internet Publishing)
International Political Economy (excl. International Trade)

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A freelance-based foreign exchange programme: Tasmanian studentsí professional development on WORLDREP; Australian Journalism Review
An analysis of intrinsic impact and visitor engagement in the visual arts; 12th International Colloquium on Non-Profit, Arts, Heritage, and Social Marketing
Between public and brand engagement: communicating an ecological crisis; The 69th Annual International Communication Association Conference
Big Tree, small news: Media access, symbolic power and strategic intervention; Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism
Citizens and Science: Media, Communication and Conservation; Making a Difference: Linking Science and Policy
Citizens and Science: Media, Communication and Conservation; Conservation Research, Policy and Practice
Climate patriots? Concern over climate change and other environmental issues in Australia; Public Understanding of Science
Complementary Problems, Competing Risks: Climate Change, Nuclear Energy and The Australian; Climate Change and the Media
Complementary Problems, Competing Risks: Climate Change, Nuclear Energy and the Australian; Comparative Journalism Studies Conference
Conference Proceedings ; Comparative Journalism Studies
Containing spectacle in the transnational public sphere; Environmental Communication
Containment and Reach: The changing ecology of environmental communication: News and new media roles; Routledge Handbook of Environmental Communication
Contemporary challenges in environmental governance: technology, governance and the social licence; Environmental Policy and Governance
Contesting Wilderness: Media, Movement and Environmental Conflict in Tasmania
Country Studies: Australia; Climate Change in the Media: Reporting Risk and Uncertainty
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
Eco-media; Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy
Ecomedia: Of Angelic Images and Environmental Values; Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy
Edited Volume of Conference Proceedings of Imaging Nature: Media, Environment and Tourism, Cradle Mountain, 27-29 June 2004; Imaging Nature: Environment, Media and Tourism. An Interdisciplinary Conference
Environment and human rights activism, journalism and 'the new war'; Routledge Companion to Media & Human Rights
Environmental Conflict and the Media; Peter Lang
Environmental groups treading the discursive tightrope of social license: Australian and Canadian cases compared; International Journal of Communication
Environmental leaders and Indigenous engagement in Australia: a cosmopolitan enterprise?; Conservation and Society
Environmental pollution and the media: political discourses of risk and responsibility in Australia, China and Japan; Routledge
Environmental Protest and Tap-dancing with the Media in the Information Age; Media, Culture and Society
Environmental Protest and Tap-Dancing with the Media in the Information Age; Media and the Environment: Critical Concepts in the Environment
Environmental Reporting
Environmental Sustainability; Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies
Expanding Journalism Studies in a Competitive Environment; Australian Journalism Review
Giving Ground: Media and Environmental Conflict in Tasmania; Quintus Publishing
Global Trade and Mediatised Environmental Protest: The View From Here; Palgrave Macmillan
Incomplete knowledge, rumour and truth seeking: when conspiracy theories become news; Journalism Studies
Introduction: Environmental Sustainability; Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies
Journalism and Celebrity Politics; Journalism and Meaning-Making: Reading the Newspaper
Journalism research and practice in Australian Universities; Australian Journalism Review
Journalism, Reflexivity, and the Natural State; Australian Journal of Communication
Journalism, the environment and the new media politics of invisibility; Australian Journalism Review
Justice, politics and the social usefulness of news; Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal
Leadership and the construction of environmental concerns; Palgrave Macmillan
Lost in the Wilderness? Celebrity, Protest and the News; Journalism Studies
Media and Environment
Media and Environment: Conflict, Politics and the News; Polity Press
Media and social licence: on being publicly useful in Tasmanian forests conflict; Forestry
Media and the Environment; The Media & Communications in Australia
No Images from the Forest Frontline: Invisibility in the Internet Age; Island
On Flak, Balance and Activism: The Ups and Downs of Environmental Journalism; Journalism Research and Investigation in a Digital World
Politics, Power and Online Protest in an Age of Environmental Conflict; Transnational Protests and the Media
Power games: environmental protest, news media and the internet; Media, Culture & Society
Power Games: Environmental Protest, News Media and the Internet; Media and the Environment: Critical Concepts in the Environment
Proceedings of Imaging Nature: Media, Environment and Tourism; Imaging Nature: Media, Environment and Tourism
Publicised scrutiny and mediatised environmental conflict: the case of Tasmanian salmon aquaculture; Marine Policy
Risk, uncertainty and opportunity in climate change coverage: Australia compared; Australian Journalism Review
Saving the Great Barrier Reef from disaster, media then and now; Media Culture and Society
See It Before Itís Too Late? Last-Chance Travel Lists and Climate Change; Climate Change and the Media
Soft journalism, politics and environmental risk: An Australian story; Journalism
Some questions for Simon Birmingham, from two researchers whose ARC grant he quashed
Species of the month: Anti-whaling, mediated visibility, and the news; Environmental Communication
Sport, the environment and climate change Ė A note from Australia
Tasmanian tales: when celebrity falls flat
The Climate Gaze; Journalism from the margins to the mainstream: JERAA Annual Conference
The Election that Forgot the Environment? Issues, EMOs, and the Press in Australia; International Journal of Press/Politics
The power of the unseen: environmental conflict, the media and invisibility; Media Culture and Society
Theorizing the enactment of mediatized environmental conflict; The International Communication Gazette
Three challenges for environmental communication research; Environmental Communication
Tracing environmental sustainability discourses: an Australia-Asia seafood case study; Frontiers in Marine Science
Transational Protests and the Media: Toward Global Civil Society?; Transnational Protests and the Media
Transnational Protests and the Media; Peter Lang
Transnational Protests and the Media: An Introduction; Transnational Protests and the Media
Transnational protests, publics and media participation (in an environmental age); The Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication
Transnational publics and environmental conflict in the Asian Century; Media International Australia
Tree-Sitting in the Network Society; Environmental Conflict and the Media
Trust, engagement, information and social licence: insights from New Zealand; Environmental Research Letters
Visualising Climate Change: TV News and Ecological Citizenship; Media and the Environment: Critical Concepts in the Environment
Visualizing Climate Change: Television News and Ecological Citizenship; International Journal of Communication
We Too Are Green: Public Relations, Symbolic Power and the Tasmanian Wilderness Conflict; Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy
Wilderness and the Loaded Language of News; Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy
Wilderness and the media politics of place branding; Environmental Communication
ĎAll for One, One for Allí: communicative processes of cocreation of place brands through inclusive and horizontal stakeholder collaborative networks; Communication & Society

Research Projects

2017 Research Enhancement Program - Arts ; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Changing Landscapes: Online Media and Politics in an Age of Environmental Conflict; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Europe and Australia in the World: Reporting Political, Environment and Social Change (WORLDREP); European Union (EU)
Fields of Green? Sport as a Communication Platform for Environmental Issues; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Leadership and the Construction of Environmental Concerns in Australia; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Lost in the Wilderness? Celebrity, Environmental Conflict and the News.; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Media and Environmental Conflict: A Pilot Comparative Study; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Research Enhancement Program (REP) 2018 - CALE; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Research Enhancement Program (REP) 2019 - CALE; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Translation of environmental knowledge to policy: bridging the gap between scientists and societal behaviour change; CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Transnational Environmental Campaigns in the Australia-Asian Region; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Proposal to Internationalise the Curriculum: Media and the Environment

Research Candidate Supervision

A Case Study of (Regional) Place Branding- Tasmania's Complex and Contested Identity, Public Diplomacy Dilemmas and Communication Flows in its Place Branding Strategy towards China
A Comparative Analysis of the Press Coverage of the Whaling Conflict in Australia and Japan in 2005-2006
Communications, Leadership, Identity and the Knitting Nannas in the Lock the Gate social movement
Future Focused Journalism- Idealism and Realism in Tasmania Post-Gunns
Hobart's Domain- An Inalienable Landscape
Hold the Presses- The Vision Unsplendid for Australian Newspapers
Hyperlocal Media, Community Participation and Social Change- A Study of Public Broadcasting and Community Conversations in the Digital Age
Leadership and the Construction of Environmental Concerns in Tasmania
Lolita- Atemporal Class-Play with Tea and Cakes
Media Coverage of the Mohammed Haneef Case in a Postcolonial Context
Mega-protests vs. Mega-projects- Media, Power and Mega-hydro in Chile
Reporting the Third Afghan War- The US and NATO's War in Afghanistan 2001-2009
The Age of Consent- Media, Public Discourse Frameworks and the Last Taboo
The Experience of Early-Career Journalists in 21st Century Regional Newsrooms
The Popular Political Documentary- Case Studies of Magnetic Media
Theistic Existentialism in the Fiction of Tim Winton
To What Extent Does the Daily Print Media in Australia Aid or Hinder the Take-up of Rural Research in the Policy Development Process
Travel Journalism, Cosmopolitan Concern and the Place-Branded Environment
Victims as Media Celebrities
Wellbeing Processes in Communities and Organizations- What Works?