Dr Chris Wilbert

Senior Lecturer in Geography of Tourism

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:School of Management

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership

Dr Chris Wilbert has expertise in Sustainability, Tourism and Heritage.



Tourism is one aspect of wider mobilities in the 21st century, it is an activity that draws in many socio-economic activities that are of great interest to study as part of wider attempts to produce sustainable development of tourism. These include the relations between food production and place, tourism and everyday life, wildlife tourism productions and interactions, migration and tourism interactions and dependencies. Current research focuses on redefining the attractions of place in collaboration with colleagues from other European Universities as part of a s-Low tourism/territories network. This includes looking at notions of food, place, the everyday, mobilities, new technologies and more.

Research interests

  • Sustainable tourism, place, and slower tourism
  • Tourism mobilities, spaces of migration and VFR
  • Socio-natures, new materialism, and tourism development
  • Uses of animals and wildlife in tourism / conservation

Areas of research supervision

Chris is currently supervisor for 4 PhD students.

His areas of specialty are:

  • Tourism and Sustainability
  • Wildlife Tourism
  • Animal-human geographies
  • Heritage and Dark Tourism
  • Landscapes and tourism


Chris's teaching duties at undergraduate and postgraduate levels includes:

  • the geographies of tourism
  • mobilities, travel and social theory
  • heritage tourism, dark tourism and memory studies
  • place making and sustainability
  • organizing and leading international field trips


  • PhD Environmental Geography, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MSc History & Philosophy of Science, Imperial College/ University College, London
  • BSc (Hons) First Class, Environment & Society, Middlesex Polytechnic
  • DipHE Science & Environment, Thames Polytechnic

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Book series co-editor (with Dr. Sam Hurn) in the area of Multispecies Encounters for Ashgate Book Publishers
  • Editorial board for the journal Society & Animals
  • Editorial collective member of the journal Radical Philosophy

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Researcher coordinator for the Cambridge aspect of s-low tourism cities / Territorial planning with 6 other European Universities.

Selected recent publications

Elgammal, I & Wilbert, C. 2013. Tourism mobilities, marriages and ‘mimicking’: some experiences of domestic migrant tourist workers in Sharm Elsheikh, Annals of Leisure Research, 16:4, 332-347

Wilbert, C. 2011. Profit, Plague, and Poultry: The intra-active worlds of highly pathogenic avian flu In: Fudge, Erica and Palmer, Clare (eds) Veterinary Science: Humans, Animals and Health. Open Humanities Press: ISBN: 978-1-60785-273-5

Wilbert, C. & White, D. (eds.) 2011. Autonomy, Solidarity, Possibility: The Colin Ward Reader. San Francisco: AK Press.

Recent presentations and conferences

Wilbert, Chris (2015) Conference Presentation: Trading Places and Trading Spaces in Human-Animal Studies at Radical Philosophy Conference, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, January 16-17th.

Wilbert, Chris (2014) Conference Presentation: Urban Green Spaces as a Slower Tourism Resource in Cambridge at Bergamo s-Low: agri-green spaces in the city. University of Bergamo, October 2014.