Dr Richard Buning

Senior Lecturer

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 334 68014


Dr. Buning is a Senior Lecturer within the tourism discipline in the UQ Business School and the research lead for the UQ Micromobility Research Cluster. 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, 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.

Interested in working on research, teaching, or consulting projects? Please get in touch!

Research Interests

  • Sport Tourism
    Running, cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, and more.
  • Event Management
  • Micromobility
  • Bikeshare
  • Physical Activity
  • eScooters
  • Active Transport


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Florida


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