Professor Chris Fleming has been appointed Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT), commencing in the role in early 2020.

Chris is currently the Director of the Griffith Business School MBA. He is a founding member of the Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, a member of Griffith’s Cities Research Institute, a member of the Griffith’s Australian Rivers Institute, and the Griffith Climate Change Response Program. 

Prior to joining Griffith Business School, Chris worked as a senior consultant for MainStream Economics and Policy, and Marsden Jacob Associates, as well as a senior advisor within the Sustainable Development Policy Group of the New Zealand Ministry for Environment.

His research and consulting interests include social and economic project/program evaluation, natural resource and environmental economics, the valuation of non-market goods and service, sustainable development, and the economic determinants of well-being.. 

Chris brings an extensive record of publications in a wide range of high quality journals and his role as chief or partner investigator on several multi-year funded projects in Australia and the South-Pacific. 

Some of his most recent projects include: 

  • Ecoadapt in the Pacific (2016-2020)
  • Evaluating the re-building of a climate resilient Tanna Island, Vanuatu (2016-2019) 
  • Managing Water Quality in the Great Barrier Reef (2017-2020)
  • Information, policy and on-ground action for primary forest protection (2018-2021)

Through his extensive research work, Chris has developed strong skills in bringing together and managing successful research teams that combine expertise across different disciplines. 

With experience in research, teaching, consulting and public policy, Chris brings a variety of expertise to his role as Director of GIFT. 

 A/Prof Sarah Gardiner will continue in her role as Acting Director until Chris takes up his role in 2020.