Dr Zelmarie Cantillon

photo of Zelmarie Cantillon Dr Zelmarie Cantillon is a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society. Her research focuses on the intersections of heritage, space and place, urban cultures, tourism, and cultural policy. Zelmarie’s most recent work explores heritage through the lens of cultural justice, as well as the role heritage initiatives play in urban transformations.

Zelmarie is currently CI on ‘Reimagining Norfolk Island's Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area’ (SR200200711, 2020–23), a project funded through the ARC Special Research Initiative for Australian Society, History and Culture scheme. This project considers how living heritage sites can resist or reinforces cultural injustices for Pitcairn settler descendants on Norfolk Island.

Dr Cantillon 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; and the role of mainstream and community-based institutions for the preservation and celebration of histories of marginalised groups. She is currently working on a collaborative project that investigates 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.

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.


  • 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, Baker, S & Nowak, R 2021, ‘A Cultural Justice Approach to Popular Music Heritage in Deindustrialising Cities’, International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 73–89.

Baker, S, Cantillon, Z, Istvandity, L & Long, P 2021, ‘The Values and Value of Community Heritage: Visitor Evaluation of Do-it-yourself Museums and Archives of Popular Music in Europe, Australasia and the United States of America’, Journal of Heritage Tourism. doi:10.1080/1743873X.2021.1888957.

Cantillon, Z, Baker, S & Nowak, R 2021, ‘Music Heritage, Cultural Justice and the Steel City: Archiving and Curating Popular Music History in Wollongong, Australia’, in L Maloney & J Schofield (eds), Music and Heritage: New Perspectives on Place-making and Sonic Identity, Routledge, London, pp. 103–113.

Cantillon, Z 2020, ‘Urban Heritage Walks in a Rapidly Changing City: Tensions Between Preservation and Development on the Gold Coast, Australia’, Journal of Heritage Tourism, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 149–163.

Long, P, Baker, S, Cantillon, Z, Collins, J & Nowak, R 2020, ‘Popular Music, Community Archives and Public History Online: Cultural Justice and the DIY Approach to Heritage’, in J Bastian & A Flinn (eds), Community Archives, Community Spaces: Heritage, Memory and Identity, Facet Publishing, London, pp. 97–112.

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, 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.

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.

Baker, S, Istvandity, L, Strong, C & Cantillon, Z (eds) 2018, The Routledge Companion To Popular Music History And Heritage, Routledge, London.

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