Adjunct Professor

Southern Cross University
Research interests / activities

I am interested in animal-human relations within the context of tourism and leisure; cultural histories of selected animal species; recreation and tourism impacts on herpetofauna; impacts of climate change on wildlife tourism in Australia; wildlife tourism in PNG.


Markwell, K. (2021) Why do we love koalas so much? Because they look like baby humans. The Conversation, February 18, 2021

Markwell, K. (2020) Getting close to a national icon: an examination of the involvement of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in Australian tourism. Tourism Recreation Research, DOI: 10.1080/02508281.2020.1815411

Markwell, K. (2020) Koalas, bushfires and climate change: towards an ethic of care. Annals of Tourism Research. DOI: 10.1016/annals.2020.103003

Markwell, K. (2020) Koalas are the face of Australian tourism. What now after the fires? The Conversation, January 6, 2020.

Skibins, J. C., Weiler, B. and Markwell, K. (2019) The devil made me do it: influence of values on interpretation and behavours for Tasmanian devils, Journal of Interpretation Research, 24(1): 63-84

Markwell, K., Wiler, B. and Skibins, J. C. (2019) Sympathy for the devil? Uncovering inhibitors and enablers of emotional engagement between zoo visitors and the Tasmanian devil Sarcophilus harrisi, Visitor Studies, 21: 84-103.

Markwell, K. (2019) Relating to reptiles: an autoethnographic account of animal-leisure relationships, Leisure Studies, 38: 241-352.

Markwell, K. (2018) An assessment of wildlife tourism prospects in Papua New Guinea, Tourism Recreation Research, 43(2):250-263.

Potential areas for research supervision
Tourism/leisure relationships with non-human animals; Cultural histories/geographies of Australian animal species