Professor Chris Auld

Deputy Vice Chancellor (International)
Executive Management Group
Academic Board

Professor Chris Auld began at ICMS as Deputy Vice Chancellor in January 2016.

In his role at ICMS, he has responsibility for the overall academic direction of ICMS programs.

Chris has extensive education management and leadership experience, particularly in tourism, sport and hotel management. Previously, he worked at Griffith University for 11 years, which included eight years as Dean (International) with the Griffith Business School and one year as Head of the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management. Chris has also held positions as Associate Professor at the Institute of Human Performance, University of Hong Kong, Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, and also as Head of the School of Leisure Studies at Griffith University. Prior to his academic career, Chris worked in policy and program development roles with the Federal Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism. 

His research projects have been funded by a wide range of government and private sector organisations including: the Australian Research Council, Australian Sports Commission, Hong Kong Sports Development Board, Queensland Academy of Sport, NSW Sport and Recreation, Sport and Recreation Queensland, The Australian Football League, Queensland Department of Communities, Port Moresby Pacific Games and Brisbane City Council.

Chris has published extensively on community sport, the management of sport volunteers, board performance and governance in third sector organisations, and the impacts of major sport events. He has delivered presentations based on his research in countries such as New Zealand, USA, England, Malaysia, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, India, Italy, Hong Kong, Korea, China, Switzerland, Vietnam, Chile, Colombia and Brazil. In 2010 Chris was elected as a Senior Fellow and Founding Member of the World Leisure Academy (membership of the Academy is limited to 50 individuals worldwide). 


Ph.D (Leisure Studies) Pennsylvania State University, USA

Master of Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA

Graduate Diploma in Recreation Planning, Canberra College of Advanced Education, Australia

Bachelor of Human Movement Studies (Education), University of Queensland, Australia