Tanya Riches is the Coordinator of the Masters of Transformational Development (MTD) at Eastern College, Melbourne, which facilitates communities of practice for development workers in Australia, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Previously, she was the Masters Programs Coordinator at Hillsong College, Sydney and chair of its Research and Diversity committees. In addition, she assisted the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee for Hillsong Church. Her research on megachurches includes the coedited volume The Hillsong Movement Examined: You Call Me Out Upon the Waters, which drew insider/outsider scholars together via ethnographically engaged research.
Her PhD received the David Allan Hubbard School Award at Fuller Theological Seminary. It explored the contributions of Aboriginal senior pastors leading Pentecostal churches in three urban centres in Australia, linking their worship practices to development outcomes. This monograph was published in 2019 by Brill entitled Worship and Social Engagement in Urban Aboriginal-led Australian Pentecostal Congregations: (Re)imagining Identity in the Spirit.
Tanya has authored over fourteen peer-reviewed articles and ten chapters. She has four special edition journals and serves on Pneuma Journal and National Church Life Australia (NCLS) boards. She is an honorary research fellow of the Christian Research Association, Australia.
She has also published several congregational songs via Hillsong Music Australia and independently recorded albums.