About Lesley
Lesley Branagan is an Australian social researcher, writer, independent film and radio documentary maker and communications advisor.

She was a recipient of a Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award (2010) and an Australia-India Council grant (2011), for research, filmmaking and professional development in India. She gained her master degree in applied anthropology through studying the impact of government health policies on local cultural practices in India.

Lesley’s radio and film documentaries specialise in the arts, culture and India. Her films have screened at international film festivals, and her radio documentaries have been broadcast on ABC Radio National, BBC, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and WINGS.

Her film A Life Exposed: Robyn Beeche (2013) was the winner of the Best Australian Documentary award at the 2014 WOW Film Festival, and was a finalist in the Australian Arts in Asia Award 2013 and the ATOM Awards 2014.The film has screened on TV internationally and at major film festivals.

Lesley has worked as a social anthropologist in India and central Australia. She is currently doing a PhD through Leipzig University, undertaking an ethnographic study of urban health practices in India.

She writes features and articles for leading international journals and websites, including Yoke magazine, Limelight and Deutsche Welle’s OnMedia website. She also undertakes professional writing for major clients, across a range of media from websites to complex reports.

She has directed multi-faceted media campaigns for major not-for-profit organisations that have featured widely in the media and screened on major and indigenous TV stations and received international media coverage and awards. (See Media Manager page for more information). She continues to advise NFPs on media campaigns and strategy.

She is a director of Attitude Foundation (“changing attitudes towards people with disabilities by sharing their stories”), and manages a fundraising circle that funds young women from a poor village in India to undertake college education. She is also a passionate yoga practitioner.