Dr White has worked in the university sector for 25 years, and has a background in communications and public relations in both government and higher education. She began her association with Victoria University 30 years ago when she undertook a Bachelor of Arts degree at what was then Footscray Institute of Technology (FIT) and was also awarded FIT's inaugural Student of the Year University Medal for academic excellence and leadership.

After completing her Bachelor of Arts, Dr White completed a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Education at La Trobe University. She later returned to VU to complete a Master of Arts research thesis. Her PhD was undertaken at Monash University and examined manifestations of official and commercial nationalism at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Dr White's research interests include: national identity, Australian popular culture, advertising, commercial nationalism, destination branding, commemorative events, cultural tourism, and dark tourism. Her extensive expert commentary and media coverage includes: Radio Australia, The Australian, The Age, Herald Sun, The West Australian, Campus Review, along with a variety of local newspapers. She is also a reviewer for several academic journals, and a member of professional associations in marketing, tourism and sport.


Dr White is the author of more than 35 book chapters and refereed journal articles.

You can view her publications at the Victoria University Research Repository.

Dr White is also the co-editor of the Routledge books Tourism and National Identities: An International Perspective and Dark Tourism and Place Identity: Managing and Interpreting Dark Places.

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