Researcher biography

Richard previously practiced as a chef, predominantly managing foodservice operations in the prestige club, heritage facility and hotel sectors, before joining UQ in 2005. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in hospitality and tourism management and professional development. His expertise and scholarship in teaching and learning are recognized by awards and advisory appointments at state and national level. His research projects, often funded by competitive local, national and international awarding bodies, explore tourism and hospitality workforce policy and planning, skills development, identifying 'foodies' consumer behaviours and designing and evaluating education programs. He holds a UQ Research Development Fellowship, to investigate gaining and sustaining employment for disadvantaged youth.