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Dr. Elena Konovalov

Lecturer - Management
School of Business and Law
Centre for Regional Economies and Supply Chains
2 - Open plan area, level 2 (2.03-2.12)
About Me

My Research interests include Tourism and Community Well-being, Sustainable Tourism Practices, Tourism Management, Indexes and Indicators of Social Progress, Student Success, Social Innovation and Social Marketing. I completed PhD at James Cook University in 2017. The PhD research investigated tourism impacts on social aspects of community well-being in Australian Tropical communities, and the full thesis can be downloaded here

During the PhD candidature (2011-2017) held various casual teaching and research positions within the College of Business, Law and Governance, JCU. Additionally, I took eight moths off (May-Dec 2012) to work as a Senior Research Officer (HEWL8) on a large international research project 'State of the Tropics', which focused on identifying current issues and opportunities in tropical communities. In the final stage of my PhD, which I completed part time, I was also engaged as a Student Support Officer for the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, JCU and my main task was to provide support for first year undergraduate students in the Division.

I am a member of Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities and conducting research in tourism and related fields. My teaching is mostly in marketing discipline.


I am originally from Russia and moved to Australia in 2002. Since that time, I consider myself a proud North Queensland local and strive to give back to my adopted homeland. My personal motto is ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ (M.Gandhi). I strive to give my best to every task I undertake and lead by example. I am compassionate, easy going and friendly person, who works well with others. I have intrinsic motivation for continuous professional and personal development and take pride in my work.

Universities Studied At

James Cook University, Townsville Australia (PhD awarding institution)

Tomsk Sate University, Tomsk Russia (BSocW awarding institution)

Universities Worked At

James Cook University


Opal Award for Excellence in Engagement - 2019

Gold Certificate for Highly Rated Unit in Term 2, 2019 (MRKT19040, MRKT20052). 

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3304 Urban and Regional Planning
  • 3508 Tourism

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
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Research Interests
Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services

Tourism - Impacts of Tourism

Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services

Tourism - Tourism Management

Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services

Tourism - Tourism Marketing

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