Professor Brent Ritchie

Professor

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
b.ritchie@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 67308

Overview

Professor Ritchie's research interests are associated with tourism risk management. His research has focused on understanding risk from an individual and organisational perspective. His work on organisations explores risk attitudes and response strategies to effectively respond and recover from crises and disasters. He also explores tourist attitudes to risk and their risk reduction behaviour, including beach goers, Australian outbound travellers and potential travellers to the Middle East and in Indonesia. His research projects also examine the factors that influence the formation of risk attitudes and behaviour by using social and organisational psychology theory and concepts. Recently his interests have expanded to include carbon offsetting to understand consumer preferences and adoption of carbon offseting in an aviation context. He currently holds an ARC Discovery Grant and an ARC Linkage grant on this topic area. He has given keynote speeches at over ten international conferences and has supervised 15 PhD students to completion. Brent is currently unable to advise any PhD students.

Professor Ritchie has coordinated several research projects including Sustainable Tourism CRC and consultancy work for a number of tourism organisations in the public and private sector in Australia, England, Vietnam and New Zealand. He has also published extensively in academic journals including Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing and Current Issues in Tourism. He was former editor of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management and is on the editorial board of eight international journals including the Journal of Travel Research. Professor Ritchie is also a Distinguished Professor and member of the Center for Tourism Research at Wakayama University, Japan and an Affiliate of the Tourism Crisis Management Instiute at the University of Florida, USA.

Professor Ritchie joined the School of Tourism in June 2008, having previously worked as the head of the tourism discipline and the research area at the University of Canberra. Professor Ritchie has also previously worked at the School of Service Management at the University of Brighton UK. He has a PhD from the University of Otago, New Zealand graduating in 2000

Research Impacts

Research on tourism risk issues can assist businesses and tourism destinations better prepare for, and manage risk from crises and disasters, and so protect the future viability of an important industry. The research also provides an evidence base for industry and government to develop more effective risk communication strategies and interventions to improve tourist safety. Research on carbon offsetting can help develop policy responses and carbon offset experiences that meet consumer needs and help increase the number and value of carbon offsetting.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Otago
  • Post graduate diploma in Tourism, University of Otago
  • BA, University of Otago

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Walters, Gabrielle, Ritchie, Brent and Mair, Judith (2013). Australian traveller's perceptions of Christchurch after the 2011 earthquake. In: Joanna Fountain and Kevin Moore, CAUTHE 2013. Tourism and Global Change: On the Edge of Something Big. Proceedings of the 23rd CAUTHE Conference. CAUTHE 2013: Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education Annual Conference, Canterbury, NZ, (875-878). 11-14 February, 2013.

  • Wang, Jie, Ritchie, Brent, Watson, Bernadette and Chien, Monica (2013). Health and safety risk perceptions and behaviour of Australian outbound travellers. In: Joanna Fountain and Kevin Moore, CAUTHE 2013. Tourism and Global Change: On the Edge of Something Big. Proceedings of the 23rd CAUTHE Conference. CAUTHE 2013: Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education Annual Conference, Canterbury, NZ, (882-886). 11-14 February, 2013.

  • Ritchie, Brent W., Chien, P. Monica and Watson, Bernadette (2013). It can't happen to me: travel risk perceptions. In: CPTHL 2013: 8th Consumer Psychology of Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, (). 1-5 June, 2013.

  • Choi, Andy and Ritchie, Brent (2013). Willingness to pay for flying carbon neutral. In: Joanna Fountain, CAUTHE 2013: Conference Handbook and Book of Abstracts. CAUTHE (Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education) Annual Conference 2013, Christchurch, New Zealand, (). 11-14 February 2013.

  • Choi, Andy S. and Ritchie, Brent (2013). Willingness to pay for flying carbon neutral. In: Joanna Fountain and Kevin Moore, CAUTHE 2013. Tourism and Global Change: On the Edge of Something Big. Proceedings of the 23rd CAUTHE Conference. CAUTHE 2013: Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education Annual Conference, Canterbury, NZ, (84-99). 11-14 February, 2013.

  • Scott, N., Ruhanen, L., Ritchie, B. and Tkaczynski, A. (2012). A clarification of the concept of tourism governance. In: 1st Biannual Forum Advances in Destination Management, St Gallen, Switzerland, (). 5-9 June 2012.

  • Sharifpour, Mona, Walters, Gabrielle and Ritchie, Brent (2012). Build it, but will they come? Investigating the Australian tourists’ risk perceptions and attitudes towards the UAE. In: Clare Lade and Lisa Melsen, CAUTHE 2012: The new golden age of tourism and hospitality; Book 1; Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference. 22nd Annual CAUTHE Conference 2012, Melbourme, Australia, (524-537). 6-9 February 2012.

  • McLennan, Char-lee, Ruhanen, Lisa, Pham, Tien and Ritchie, Brent (2010). Is Toowoomba (Australia), 'challenging the limits'?: Community perceptions of tourism and economic development. In: Proceedings of CAUTHE 2010: Challenge the Limits. 20th Annual Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Conference, Tasmania, Australia, (). 8-11 February 2010.

  • Singh, Paul D. G., Ritchie, Brent W. and Ruhanen, Lisa (2010). Tourism absorptive capacity: Conceptualization of knowledge acquiring and generating capabilities of tourism organizations. In: Mark Orams, Michael Lück, Jill Poulston and Sharon Race, Proceedings of the New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference 2010: Adding Value Through Research. New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference 2010, Auckland, Aotearoa, N.Z., (409-429). 24 - 26 November 2010.

  • Ritchie, B. W. (2009). Tourism in a crisis and disaster prone world: Crisis communication theory, concepts and future research directions. In: Jack Carlsen, Michael Hughes, Kirsten Holmes and Roy Jones, See Change: Tourism and Hospitality in a Dynamic World. 18th Annual CAUTHE Conference, Fremantle, Australia, (1-25). 10-13 February 2009.

  • Faulks, P., Ritchie, B. and Dodd, J. (2008). Bicycle tourism as an opportunity for re-creation and restoration? Investigating the motivations of bike ride participants. In: Tourism Group, Lincoln University, Re-creating Tourism: Conference Proceedings. New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand, (1-27). 3 - 5 December 2008.

  • Dale, Naomi and Ritchie, Brent (2008). Constraints to school excursions: An Australian case study. In: Scott Richardson, Liz Fredline, Anoop Patiar and Megan Ternel, Proceedings of the 18th Annual Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) conference.. 18th Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education’s (CAUTHE) 2008 Conference: Where the Bloody Hell Are We?, Gold Coast, Australia, (1-19). 11-14 February, 2008.

  • Dickson, Tracey and Ritchie, Brent W. (2007). Developing an Australian snowsport tourism research agenda: A risk management perspective. In: Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference. CAUTHE 2007: Tourism: Past Achievments, Future Challenges, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 11-14 February, 2007.

  • Ritchie, B. W. and Dickson, T. J. (2006). Assessing the economic impact of built attractions: The case study of the Australian Capital Territory. In: Proceedings of the Cutting Edge Research in Tourism Conference. Cutting Edge Research in Tourism - New Directions, Challenges and Application, Surrey, Guildford, UK, (). 6 - 9 June , 2006.

  • Ritchie, Brent W. and Peirce, Sophie (2006). National capital tourism marketing issues: A comparison of three political national capital cities. In: Proceedings of the ATLAS Asia Pacific Conference 2006. Tourism After Oil : ATLAS Asia Pacific Conference 2006, Dunedin, New Zealand, (). 4-8 December, 2006.

  • Ritchie, Brent W., Sanders, D. and Mules, T. (2006). Televised events: Shaping destination images and perceptions of capital cities from the couch. In: Proceedings of the The 2006 Global Events Congress. The 2006 Global Events Congress, Brisbane, Australia, (286-299). 28-29 September, 2006.

  • Ritchie, Brent W., Barry O’Mahony and Paul Whitelaw (2006). The Effect of Fuel Price Rises on Tourism Behaviour: An Exploratory Australian Study. In: Proceedings of the ATLAS Asia-Pacific Conference 2006. ATLAS Asia-Pacific Conference 2006: Tourism After Oil, Dunedin, New Zealand, (18-18). 3-5 December, 2006.

  • Doppelfeld, M. and Ritchie, Brent W. (2006). Trans-boundary parks and collaborative stakeholder planning: The case of Zimbabwe's Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP). In: Proceedings of the CAUTHE Tourism Research Conference. CAUTHE Tourism Research Conference, Melbourne , Australia, (). February, 2006.

  • Miller, Graham and Ritchie, Brent W. (2002). When disaster strikes: The importance of relying on events for rural economies. In: Proceedings of International Event Research Conference. Events and Place Marketing Conference, Sydney , Australia, (60-84). July, 2002.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision