Prof Libby Lester

Elizabeth (Libby) Lester is Professor of Journalism, Media and Communications at the University of Tasmania. She worked as a journalist for 15 years for Australian newspapers and magazines prior to joining the university in 2002, including for the Sunday Age and Melbourne Herald. She is the author of Media and Environment : Conflict, Politics and the News (Polity 2010 ; Arabic edition 2013) and Giving Ground : Media and Environmental Conflict in Tasmania (Quintus 2007). She has co-edited two books: Transnational Protests and the Media (with Simon Coltlle 2011) and Environmental Conflict and the Media (with Brett Hutchins 2013). Her undergraduate degree is from Australian National Univeristy and she has a PhD in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne. She has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, is Vice Chair of the International Environmental Communciations Association, and is an Associate Editor of the journal, Environmental Communications. Professor Lester has been the joint leader in several research grants, including (most recently) a 3-year Australian Research Council Discovery project, Leadership and the Construction of Environmental Concern in Australia.