Associate Professor Jan Packer

Principal Research Fellow

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
j.packer@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 67789

Overview

Dr Jan Packer has a background in Psychology having completed a BA (Hons) at UQ in 1976. Her PhD (Education, QUT, 2004) focussed on motivations for learning in educational leisure settings. She has published broadly in the area of educational psychology over many years. The current major focus of her research is in applying the principles of educational, environmental and positive psychology to understand and facilitate visitor experiences in leisure settings such as museums and other tourist and leisure contexts. Jan was co-editor of the international journal, Visitor Studies from 2005 through 2011.

Research Interests

  • Visitor studies; Free-choice learning; Museum learning; and Educational psychology.
    Applying the principles of educational, environmental and positive psychology to understand and facilitate visitor experiences in tourism and leisure settings such as museums, zoos and aquariums, and ecotourism experiences.

Research Impacts

Dr Packer's research informs practice in museums, zoos and aquariums, ecotourism and heritage tourism settings. Her research has contributed to developing an understanding of visitor motivations, visitor experiences, and beneficial outcomes for visitors to museums and other visitor attractions. She has a developing interest in the quality of life outcomes of tourism and leisure more broadly. Her research with Professor Ballantyne has identified factors that encourage and support visitors' adoption of environmentally sustainable behaviours as a result of visiting a zoo, aquarium or ecotourism activity.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Packer, Jan and Gill, Chelsea (2017). Meaningful vacation experiences. In Sebastian Filep, Jennifer Laing and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Ed.), Positive tourism (pp. 19-34) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315707129

  • Packer, Jan (2015). Science tourism. In Richard Gunstone (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of science education (pp. 930-932) New York, United States: Springer Reference. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-2150-0_337

  • Packer, Jan (2014). Visitors’ restorative experiences in museum and botanic garden environments. In Sebastian Filep and Philip Pearce (Ed.), Tourist experience and fulfilment: insights from positive psychology (pp. 202-222) Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203134580

  • Packer, Jan and Ballantyne, Roy (2013). Developing ecotourists' environmentally sustainable behaviour. In Roy Ballantyne and Jan Packer (Ed.), International handbook on ecotourism (pp. 192-202) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.

  • Ballantyne, Roy and Packer, Jan (2013). Ecotourism: themes and issues. In Roy Ballantyne and Jan Packer (Ed.), International handbook on ecotourism (pp. 1-6) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9780857939975.00005

  • Packer, Jan and Ballantyne, Roy (2013). Encouraging reflective visitor experiences in ecotourism. In Roy Ballantyne and Jan Packer (Ed.), International handbook on ecotourism (pp. 169-177) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.

  • Hughes, Karen, Ballantyne, Roy, Packer, Jan and Zhu, Xuan (2011). Environmental interpretation and visitor education: a review of Australian and Chinese literature. In Jun Gao, Noel Scott, Roy Ballantyne and Peiyi Ding (Ed.), Sino-Australia comparative study on tourism development (pp. 111-142) Shanghai, China: China Travel & Tourism Press.

  • Ballantyne, Roy and Packer, Jan (2009). Future directions for research in free-choice environmental learning. In John H. Falk, Joe E. Heimlich and Susan Foutz (Ed.), Free-choice learning and the environment (pp. 157-170) Lanham, MD, United States: AltaMira Press.

  • Packer, Jan (2001). Motivations for learning: visitors' perceptions of the educational element in leisure experiences. In Parlo Singh and Erica McWilliam (Ed.), Designing Educational Research: Theories, Methods and Practices (pp. 115-126) Flaxton, QLD, Australia: Post Pressed.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Associate Professor Jan Packer is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision