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Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne

Dr James Lesh researches urban history and heritage conservation. He is interested in the potential of heritage and conservation to enhance cities and urban life. James is based at the University of Melbourne School of Design in the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH).


  • 2020–present
    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

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