Dr Cristiana Zara

Dr Cristiana Zara

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Research Associate

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Cristiana is a cultural geographer currently working with Dr Sophie Hadfield-Hill on the New Urbanisms in India research project funded by the ESRC. The project investigates the everyday life of children, young people and families living in a new urban development in India.

Cristiana has conducted extensive qualitative research in India for her doctoral research, which explored tourist representations and spatial practices, with a focus on sacred landscapes.


  • PhD Human Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, 2012
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning (InSTIL), Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, 2008
  • MA (Research) Cultural Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, 2007
  • BA (Laurea Magistrale) Oriental Languages and Literatures, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy, 2006

Other activities

Cristiana is an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

She is an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Time, Space, Image, Society (TeSIS) at the University of Verona, Italy, where she was awarded the Cooperint International Academic Mobility Programme’s visiting scholarship in 2013.

Cristiana has presented her research in the annual meetings of the Royal Geographical Society, the Association of American Geographers and at several international conferences and symposia, both geography-specific and interdisciplinary. She has given guest lectures and seminars in the Religion and Society seminar series, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University; in the Indian Sacred Geographies workshop series, Department of Literary Studies, Philology and Linguistics, University of Milan; in the Tourism Geography course, Foreign Languages Faculty, University of Verona , and in in the Primary Education Sciences degree, University of Padua.

She has designed and conducted an experimental collaborative project on cultural geography teaching in a primary school in Italy (2009-2010). Results of the year-long project, Assaggi di Geografia Culturale (Tastes of Cultural Geography), have been illustrated in workshops and seminars as examples of best practice in geography teaching by representatives of the Italian Association of Geography Teachers.

Cristiana has acted as a peer reviewer for Tourism: An International, Interdisciplinary Journal, Institute for Tourism, Zagreb (Croatia).