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Lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Deakin University

Dr James Lesh is an urban historian and Lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies. His research explores the theory and practice of heritage conservation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He has also published widely in Australian urban history.


  • 2022–present
    Lecturer, Deakin Universityq
  • 2020–2022
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2019–2020
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Sydney
  • 2016–2019
    Fellow, King's College London
  • 2014–2018
    Research assistant & Sessional lecturer, University of Melbourne


  • 2018 
    PhD, University of Melbourne
  • 2014 
    MA, University of London
  • 2012 
    BA (Hons), University of Melbourne
  • 2009 
    BCom, University of Melbourne

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Australian Bicentennial Scholarship
    Menzies Centre for Australian Studies
    Funding Source:
    King's College London
  • 2015
    Australian Postgraduate Award
    PhD Candidate
    Funding Source:
    University of Melbourne