Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games - UQ experts available

Credit: Qld Government

Credit: Qld Government

UQ has a range of experts available to comment on Brisbane's successful bid to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Journalists can contact the experts below or search by topic or name at UQ Experts.

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT Associate Professor Sarah Kelly Sarah Kelly is an Associate Professor in Law and Marketing at the University of Queensland and her current research projects are focused upon sports integrity and mega-event planning, evaluation and legacy. She believes the 2032 Olympics will produce extensive, measurable, social and economic impacts for Brisbane, Queensland and the nation.

Contact: s.kelly@business.uq.edu.au ; +61 (0) 408 710 088

TOURISM AND SOCIAL VALUE Associate Professor Judith Mair Judith Mair is an Associate Professor and Discipline Leader of the Tourism Discipline Group in the UQ Business School. She can comment on planning and management of the Olympics, particularly in relation to the shortand long-term impacts of hosting the Olympic Games on the local resident community and on the legacies of Olympics past and present.

Contact: j.mair@business.uq.edu.au ; +61 (0) 412 057 758

ECONOMIC BENEFIT Professor John Quiggin John Quiggin is a Professor in Economics at The University of Queensland and is prominent both as a research economist and as a commentator on Australian economic policy. Despite the optimistic projections often made for such events, he said the economic outcomes of major sporting events involving large government spending have generally been poor. However, with careful planning it should be possible to keep costs down, and produce an event that will have net benefits for the people of Queensland.

Contact: j.quiggin@uq.edu.au , +61 (0) 400 747 165, +61 (7) 334 69646

TRANSPORT and TOURISM BENEFITS Associate Professor Pierre Benckendorff Associate Professor Pierre Benckendorff is an award-winning researcher specialising in visitor behaviour and tourism. He can comment on the Games being used as leverage to prioritise funding that will fast-track major infrastructure projects. He said the Olympics generates significant global media coverage, and this will stimulate new international flight connections in and out of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Contact: p.benckendorff@uq.edu.au , +61 (0) 406 001730, +61 (7) 334 60502

OLYMPIC HISTORY Dr Rebecca Olive Dr Rebecca Olive is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences and teaches a UQ course called Histories of the Olympics and Paralympics, which focuses on issues in the modern Games.

Contact: r.olive@uq.edu.au , +61 (0) 421 551733 PARALYMPICS Dr Emma Beckman Dr Emma Beckman is a Teaching and Research academic in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Dr Beckman can provide expert comment on the Paralympics and disability sport. She is also an internationally accredited classifier in para athletics.

Contact: e.beckman@uq.edu.au , +61 (7) 334 67904, +61 (0) 431 807 573.

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