James Lesh researches the Australian city in historic perspective. He is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne and a visiting scholar at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College London.

His work has appeared on The Conversation, The Fifth Estate, community radio and at various other general and scholarly places.

James grew up in Melbourne and divides his time between both sides of the river. He drinks espresso before 12pm, tea until 3pm, and wine from approximately 5pm. His numerical life goals are to make 12,500 steps per day and visit 100 large cities.

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  • PhD, University of Melbourne, 2015–present.
    • Visiting scholar at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London, 2016–17.
  • Master of Arts, Queen Mary, University of London, 2014.
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours, University of Melbourne, 2012.
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne, 2009.

Professional associations

Selected Awards

  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2015–present.
  • Australian Bicentennial Scholarship, 2016–17.
  • Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Queen Mary University of London, 2014.
  • AGL Shaw Summer Research Fellowship, State Library of Victoria, 2012.