Work / Life Ecologies


Work/Life Ecologies team

Chief Investigators

Professor Tania Lewis Tania Lewis

Tania Lewis is a media and cultural studies scholar with a wide range of empirical research experience and expertise. An ex medical practitioner, she is the author or editor of seven books focusing on urban lifestyles, sustainability, consumption, and global media cultures, including Smart Living: Lifestyle Media and Popular Expertise, Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Lives in Asia (with Fran Martin and Wanning Sun) and Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practices (with Sarah Pink et al). She is a chief investigator on the ARC Discovery project, ‘Ethical Consumption: From the Margins to the Mainstream’ and on ‘Work-life Ecologies: Lifestyle, Sustainability, Practices’, funded by RMIT’s Sustainable Urban Precincts Project. She is also conducting research with RMIT colleagues on household digital media practices for KPMG. In addition, Tania is the author of more than 40 refereed articles and book chapters, many of which can be found at RMIT’s Research Repository.

Dr Yolande Strengers Dr Yolande Strengers

Yolande’s research is clustered around a series of applied research projects focused on smart technologies, energy demand and sustainability. At RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research, Yolande co-leads the Beyond Behaviour Research Program, which works with project partners to identify ways of intervening in practices to achieve sustainability outcomes. Her work is applied and interdisciplinary in focus, spanning the fields of sociology, science and technology studies and human computer interaction design. Past projects have investigated how new and old technologies such as Telepresence, smart grids, smart meters, energy and water systems, air-conditioners and housing infrastructures are reshaping and shaped by the ways we live and work. Yolande has recently published a monograph on ‘Smart energy technologies in everyday life’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2013)

Research Fellow

Andrew Glover Andrew Glover

Andrew is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Sustainable Urban Precincts Program (SUPP), an RMIT initiative to actualise sustainability on and off campus. His current research focuses on practices of academic air travel, remote presence and digital engagement. He also coordinates ‘Thinking Sustainability’, a monthly HDR student group focused on peer learning and early career researcher development in the areas of social and cultural approaches to sustainability.

Phd Students

Bhavna Middha Bhavna Middha

Bhavna’s research interests span urban spaces, food, sustainable consumption, digital methods and social practice theories. As a part of RMIT’s Sustainable Urban Precincts Project (SUPP) Bhavna’s PhD project is investigating how the eating practices of students interact with the spaces provided by the university and how this may shape sustainable consumption of food. Using ethnographic and digital methods, her study uses the formal and informal spaces of food consumption and provisioning in and around RMIT’s city campus as key focal points. Bhavna’s earlier research for her master’s thesis has explored household cooking practices in India. Her undergraduate degree is in Architecture and she has a masters in Environmental and Urban Planning from RMIT, Melbourne.

Allister Hill Allister Hill

Allister Hill is an applied anthropologist with field experience in indigenous anthropology (native title and heritage) and currently a PhD candidate with Media and Communication, at RMIT. As well as ethnographic research and heritage management, Allister also has consumer/ market research experience – with a focus on both traditional qualitative and quantitative undertakings. Prior to undertaking his PhD research for SUPP, Allister was an in-house heritage anthropologist for Central Desert Native Title Services (CDNTS) – primarily to conduct and report on ethnographic heritage surveys, for mining exploration, as well as cultural mapping exercisers used to underpin heritage management plans for large scale mining projects. Allister also has 5 years experience working with Yamatji Land and Sea Council (YLSC – now YMAC). Allister’s work as an in-house anthropologist, for the YLSC, involved extensive consultation with the traditional owners to collect ethnographic data and evidence to assess their continuity of native title. This work was ultimately to support the lodgement and management of claims and the preparation of ‘Connection Reports’ – which are used to provide the evidentiary basis for a mediation of native title. Allister has also conducted community surveys and research with remote Aboriginal communities, in Northern Australia, while working for a market research company Colmar Brunton.

In all research endeavours, Allister has jumped at opportunities to hone his videography and photography skills, most recently he filmed and produced a video “Nynmi & Beyond: Tales from Tali Country” documenting a return to country (Dreamtime – Jukurrpa mapping) exercise.



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