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Senior Lecturer in Responsible Management & Leadership, University of Winchester

Dr Tamas Lestar holds a PhD in management and sustainability from the University of Essex. For several years, he has been investigating spiritual communities and practices in the context of dietary change and sustainability transitions.

Tamas taught qualitative research methods, new venture creation, social innovation and other management and organisation modules internationally, including in China. He brings colour to the classroom by building on his experiences in ethnography, social enterprising and travelling in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Prior to finding his niche and happy fulfilment in academia, Tamas had been a serial entrepreneur before venturing on a PhD journey centring on sustainable food, conviviality, and spiritual communities.
He has had a long interest in volunteering in Africa in 'exchange' for indigenous wisdom. Tamas' research continues to focus on food practices, connectivity with nature, and spirituality.

Religions going nuts? Faith-based veganism and transformative learning in the context of sustainability transitions (case 1: The Hare Krishna movement)
Lestar, T., 4 Jul 2020, In : Journal of Organizational Change Management.

Ecospirituality and sustainability transitions: agency towards degrowth
Lestar, T. & Böhm, S., 1 Jan 2020, In : Religion, State and Society. 48, 1, p. 56-73 18 p.

Conviviality?: Eating Together with Hare Krishna Believers
Lestar, T., 5 Jun 2018, In : Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 8, 3, p. 15-26 12 p.

Disconnecting from Technology on Hare Krishna Farms
Lestar, T., 5 Nov 2018, In : Human Geography. 11, 3, p. 43-56 14 p.

Spiritual Conversion and Dietary Change: Empirical Investigations in Two Eco-spiritual Communities
Lestar, T., 1 Jun 2017, In : Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 7, 3, p. 23-34 12 p.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster


  • 2018 
    University of Essex, PhD / Management and Organization Studies