Dr Ramon Lobato teaches in the Cinema and Screen studies major at Swinburne, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research. An expert in contemporary screen and internet industries, Ramon studies how media circulate across borders – legally and illegally. He is well known for his research on piracy and copyright. Ramon has published four books on topics including film distribution, internet commerce, and amateur media.
His first book, Shadow Economies of Cinema: Mapping Informal Film Distribution (published by the British Film Institute), won the Udine Film Forum prize for Best International Film Studies book in 2013. He is currently working on a new book about Netflix, streaming and geoblocking. Along the way Ramon has written widely on a range of media phenomena, from cat videos to crime movies to Kim Dotcom. Before coming to Swinburne he taught at RMIT and University of Melbourne; and prior to that, worked as a music journalist, editor, and copywriter.