Associate Professor Richard Robinson
Richard Robinson
Associate Professor
  • PhD, Tourism (University of Queensland)
  • Grad. Dip, Hotel Management (University of Queensland)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Humanities (Griffith University)
+61 7 334 67091
Room 433, GP North Building, St. Lucia Campus

    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.

    Research interests

    Food Tourism
    Consumer behaviour and involvement of ‘foodies’, and various dimensions of the food experience including authenticity, culture, heritage etc
    Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, Education & Training
    Conceptualising, designing and evaluating education programs in tourism and hospitality with a focus on experiential learning
    Workforce Development in Hospitality/Tourism
    Adopting a humanistic perspective towards employee attitudes, intra-organisational practices, mobility, youth worker issues and the policy and planning space - with a particular focus on chefs and culinary workers.


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    • Coordinating Editor, International Journal of Hospitality Management
    • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research
    • Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
    • Editorial Advisory Board, (Journal of) Gastronomy and Tourism
    • Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Tourism Sciences
    • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education
    • Editorial Advisory Board, Hospitality and Society
    • Register of Experts (Hospitality Management), Australian Government Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA)
    • Associate Member, Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE)
    • Member, International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE)


    2015 - University of Queensland, Faculty of Business, Economics & Law, Early Career Researcher ‘Excellence in Research Award’
    2014/2015 - Visiting Fellow “Collegio Matteo Ricci”, University of Macerata, Italy
    2014 - Australian Office for Learning and Teaching, ‘Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning’
    2012 - University of Queensland, ‘Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning’
    2012 - Winner, 2011 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award (Hospitality Management Category)
    2011 - Bill Faulkner Memorial Best PhD Paper Award, CAUTHE Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
    2010 - Best Paper, Council of Hospitality Management Educators Conference, Surrey, UK
    2007 - Best Paper, I-CHRIE Conference, Dallas, Texas, USA

    Major research grants

    Title Agency Year Amount
    Enabling exits from disadvantage for youth via gaining and sustaining meaningful hospitality employment UQ Development Fellowships 2017-2020 $210,106
    Culinary & Gastronomy Studies Tour to Malaysia. Hosted by: School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, Taylor’s University, Kuala Lumpur. New Colombo Plan Mobility Program: 2017 Round 2017-2019 $82,500
    St Vincent de Paul Research St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland 2016–2017 $75,000
    Youth employment in hospitality and tourism: Impacts effects and legacy of early employment experiences Queensland Tourism Industry Council 2016-2019 $66,000
    Enhancing student employability skills through virtual field trips in the hospitality industry (OLT Project led by Griffith University) OLT Innovation and Development Grants 2015-2017 $273,000
    Regional Tourism Employment Plan: Far North Queensland Austrade, Australian Government 2013-2014 $125,000
    Regional Tourism Employment Plan: Australia’s Red Centre Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, Australian Government 2012-2013 $123,000
    Food Tourists: Who are they, what do they want, and how do we package food tourism experiences? Swedish Board of Agriculture, Göteborg & Co & Länsstyrelsen Västra Götalands Län 2012-2013 $362,000
    Media Representations of the Nature of Work for Chefs UQ New Staff Research Grant 2011-2012 $12,000
    Innovative Retention Strategies for Australian Upscale Corporate Hotel Frontline Workers Laureate: Orion Research Centre 2010-2011 $16,000
    Enhancing student outcomes and knowledge transfer through the tourism regional internship project UQ Teaching and Learning Strategic Grants 2008-2010 $30,000
    South east Queensland chef skills shortages: An analysis of employment advertisements Hospitality Training Association 2008 $10,000