Professor of Journalism, Media and Communications, University of Tasmania

Libby Lester is Professor of Journalism, Media and Communications, and Associate Dean, Research for the College of Arts, Law and Education at the University of Tasmania. She has authored, co-authored and co-edited six books, including Leadership and the Construction of Environmental Concerns (forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan), Environmental Pollution and the Media: Political Discourses of Risk and Responsibility in Australia, China and Japan (Routledge 2017), Media and Environment: Conflict, Politics and the News (Polity 2010; Arabic ed 2013) and Transnational Protests and the Media (co-edited with Simon Cottle). She has been awarded three Australian Research Council discovery grants ('Transnational Environmental Campaigns in the Australia-Asian Region', 'Leadership and the Construction of Environmental Concern in Australia' and 'Changing Landscapes: Online Media and Politics in an Age of Environmental Conflict'), and is Australian leader of the EU-Australia funded exchange and research program, 'Europe and Australia in the World: Reporting Political, Social and Environmental Change.’

Her research has appeared 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. Her current research program is focussed on trade, resource extraction and supply, and environmental communications.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Tasmania


  • 2005 
    University of Melbourne, PhD Media and Communications