About James

Dr James Lesh researches cities, history and heritage from the nineteenth century to the present day. He completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2018.

James’ PhD dissertation examined heritage preservation in the Australian city during the twentieth century in global perspective. Four refereed articles from this research have been published.


  • Lecturer and Tutor.
  • Research Assistant.
  • Academic Administrator.
  • Digital Consultant.


  • School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne.
  • Menzies Australia Institute, King’s College London.


  • PhD, University of Melbourne.
  • Master of Arts, Queen Mary University of London.
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours, University of Melbourne.
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne.

Prizes and Awards

  • Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Melbourne.
  • Australian Bicentennial Scholarship, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London.
  • Fellow’s Prize, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne.
  • Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Queen Mary University of London.
  • AGL Shaw Summer Research Fellowship, State Library of Victoria.