Dr Zelmarie Cantillon

photo of Zelmarie Cantillon Dr Zelmarie Cantillon is a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow (Cultural Policy and Planning) in the Institute for Culture and Society. Her research focuses on the intersections between spatiality, cultural policy, heritage and tourism. Zelmarie’s most recent work considers the role heritage initiatives play in urban transformations, community renewal and city branding strategies. She is particularly interested in exploring heritage and cultural policy through a cultural justice lens. Zelmarie’s book, Resort Spatiality: Reimagining Sites of Mass Tourism (Routledge, 2019), is the first scholarly monograph to theorise beachside ‘resorts’ as distinct kinds of urban milieux. The book discusses how globalised processes play out in local contexts, drawing on fieldwork undertaken in six resorts across four continents: Miami, USA; CancĂșn, Mexico; Ibiza, Spain; Gold Coast, Australia; and Phuket and Koh Phangan, Thailand. Taking a cultural studies approach to urban analysis, the book examines the material and symbolic production of resort spaces, attending to the complex ways that such places are imagined, represented and lived.

Zelmarie also publishes in the field of popular music heritage. In this area, her work has explored: popular music heritage institutions, practices and events in relation to their social, affective and political dimensions; the sustainability of community-based heritage initiatives; DIY (do-it-yourself) heritage institutions as sites of ‘serious leisure’ that promote well-being for volunteers; the costs and rewards of career volunteering in DIY heritage institutions; the role of mainstream and community-based institutions for the preservation and celebration of histories of marginalised groups; and online archives as tools for cultural justice. She is currently working on a collaborative project that investigates the potential value of popular music heritage as a strategy for revitalising deindustrialising cities. This project considers the extent to which popular music heritage may produce cultural justice outcomes for communities impacted by deindustrialisation. Zelmarie is also currently leading two projects about heritage trails: one on the Gold Coast’s urban heritage walks; and another on Redcliffe’s Bee Gees Way popular music heritage tourism attraction.


  • PhD, 2017, Griffith University
  • BComm (Hons), 2012, Griffith University
  • BComm, 2011, Griffith University

Research Focus

  • Urban cultural studies
  • Space and place
  • Cultural policy
  • Critical heritage studies
  • Popular music heritage
  • Tourism

Awards and Recognition

  • 2020: PVC Arts, Education & Law Group Research Excellence Awards – Popular Music Heritage Team, Griffith University
  • 2018: Arts, Education & Law Group Learning and Teaching Citation – teaching team for Understanding the Social World, Griffith University
  • 2012: University Medal, Griffith University
  • 2011: Communication Medal, Griffith University

Selected Publications

Cantillon, Z 2019, Resort spatiality: reimagining sites of mass tourism, Routledge, London.

Istvandity, L, Baker, S & Cantillon, Z (eds) 2019, Remembering popular music’s past: memory–heritage–history, Anthem Press, London.

Baker, S, Istvandity, L, Strong, C & Cantillon, Z (eds) 2018, The Routledge companion to popular music history and heritage, Routledge, London.

Long, P, Baker, S, Cantillon, Z, Collins, J & Nowak, R 2019, ‘Popular Music, Community Archives and Public History Online: Cultural Justice and the DIY Approach to Heritage’, in Bastian, J & Flinn, A (eds), Community Archives, Community Spaces: Heritage, Memory and Identity, Facet Publishing, London, pp. 97–112.

Davis, S, Davis, S & Cantillon, Z, 2019, ‘Phenomenology of the Surf Ballroom’s Winter Dance Party: Affect and Community at a Popular Music Heritage Tourism Event’, in Istvandity, L, Baker, S & Cantillon, Z (eds), Remembering Popular Music’s Past: Memory–Heritage–History, Anthem Press, London, pp. 175–187.

Baker, S & Cantillon, Z 2020, ‘Safeguarding Australia’s Community Heritage Sector: A Consideration of the Institutional Wellbeing of Volunteer-Managed Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Historical Societies’, Australian Historical Studies, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 70–87.
Cantillon, Z 2019, ‘Urban Heritage Walks in a Rapidly Changing City: Tensions Between Preservation and Development on the Gold Coast, Australia’, Journal of Heritage Tourism. doi:10.1080/1743873X.2019.1618315.

Cantillon, Z & Baker, S 2019, ‘Serious Leisure and the DIY Approach to Heritage: Considering the Costs of Career Volunteering in Community Archives and Museums’, Leisure Studies. doi:10.1080/02614367.2019.1694571.

Cantillon, Z & Baker, S 2018, ‘DIY Heritage Institutions as Third Places: Caring, Community and Wellbeing Among Volunteers at the Australian Jazz Museum’, Leisure Sciences. doi:10.1080/01490400.2018.1518173.

Cantillon, Z, Baker, S & Buttigieg, B 2017, ‘Queering the Community Music Archive’, Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 32, no. 91–92, pp. 41–57. (Republished in Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research, 2018, Routledge, edited by Maryanne Denver).

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