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Kathleen Smithers

Kathleen's (Kate) doctoral research examined the intersection of tourism and education in Zimbabwe. In particular, her research explored the phenomenon of philanthropic tourism in Matabeleland North using a Foucauldian lens. From 2019, she has also added the nature of contract research in higher education to her research interests. You can follow Kathleen on Twitter (@thekatsmithers).

Prior to her appointment at CSU, Kathleen worked at the University of Newcastle (UoN) as a research officer and sessional academic. In her time at UoN, Kathleen was appointed as co-coordinator of the Students and Staff Talking About Research program.


  • 2022–present
    Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
  • 2017–2022
    Research officer, University of Newcastle


  • 2021 
    University of Newcastle, Doctor of Philosophy (Education)