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Richard Buning

Senior Lecturer in Tourism, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland

Dr. Buning is a Senior Lecturer within the tourism discipline in the UQ Business School. His research interests reside at the intersection of physical activity, travel, and events. Within this area, his research agenda is focused on how tourists are physically active as both a driver of tourism behaviour (i.e., active lifestyle sports) and during visitation (i.e., active transport). His research works on active lifestyle sports closely mirrors his passions in active sport tourism for mountain biking, cycling, running, rock climbing, hiking, and more. His work crosses over to active transport through bikeshare, eScooters, eBikes, and more generally micromobility where he is focused on tourism usage and related impacts.

The outcome of his work enables communities, events, and organizations to efficiently market to and attract visitors, encourage physical activity generally, and improve the related impact to destinations as a form of sustainable tourism. Dr. Buning has worked in the running event industry managing race logistics and continues to work with physical activity focused organizations, events, and communities as a consultant in developing data driven business strategy. He regularly publishes on the topics of sport tourism, event management, and active transport.


  • –present
    Lecturer, The University of Queensland


  • 2014 
    University of Florida, PhD