Get in touch with our Olympic and Paralympic experts

Griffith University has a range of experts available to comment on the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Media can talk to the following experts directly or make contact through our Media Team at or 3735 1008.


Dr Millicent Kennelly is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management at Griffith University. Dr Kennelly’s research focuses on sport event management and on identifying, understanding, and working with sport event stakeholders. Dr Kennelly has completed several projects focused on strategic leveraging and legacies of sport events, with recent work on the potential social benefits of the Olympic Games.


Associate Professor Sarah Gardiner is the Deputy Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism at Griffith Business School. Associate Professor Gardiner’s research interests include the effect of mega scale events on tourism trends and opportunities which exist for the tourism sector to leverage the benefits associated with major events particularly in south-east Queensland. Associate Professor Gardiner conducted major research into the effect of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Queensland tourism.

Associate Professor Leonie Lockstone-Binney is Research Director at Griffith University’s Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management with her research expertise relating to volunteering, contextualised to event and tourism settings. Leonie has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles, many of these in top-tier journals. She has received competitive research funding from the Australian Research Council and the International Olympic Committee and continues to collaborate with leading researchers from Australia, the UK and New Zealand.


Associate Professor Popi Sotiriadou is an expert in Olympic planning and delivery at Griffith Business School’s Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management. Popi has conducted research at the effects of the Sydney 2000 Olympics as well as the 2006 and 2018 Commonwealth Games on local communities, volunteers and athletes. Her academic experience is in managing sport development systems, sport policy, gender equity and leadership with a strong emphasis on the impact of sport events and programs.


Dr Tony Matthews is an Urban and Environmental Planner in the School of Engineering and Built Environment. His research and practice interests include adapting cities to climate change impacts; the role and function of green infrastructure; sustainable and low carbon design; the interplay between built environments and human health; and achieving high quality urban design outcomes.


Professor Matthew Burke is a national leader in transport research. He is published on the travel behaviour of sports patrons and on the travel demand management approaches needed for major events.  His team is currently undertaking research on new technologies in transportation, improved transport planning and modelling to estimate travel demands, and transportation for persons with a disability.

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