A.J. (Tony) Veal is Adjunct Professor in the School of Leisure, Sport and Tourism in the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia. He has a BA in economics from the University of Bristol and began his academic career as a research associate at the university of Birmingham in 1968, moving to the then Polytechnic of North London in 1980 and to UTS in 1986. He retired from full-time employment in 2003 but continues his relationship with UTS in the honorary position of Adjunct Professor. He was chair of the UK Leisure Studies Association, 1984-86, president of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS), 2003-05 and a member of the World Leisure Organization Board of Directors, 1991-2000. In 2006 he received the Frank Stewart Award from Parks and Leisure Australia, in recognition of contributions to the development, promotion and advocacy of the parks and leisure industry and in 2012 he received the George Torkildsen Literary Award from the World Leisure Organization.
His is well-known as the author of a number of textbooks, including, including: Research Methods for Leisure and Tourism (FT/Prentice Hall, 2010); Australian Leisure (with R. Lynch, Longman, 2006); and Leisure, Sport and Tourism, Politics, Policy and Planning (CABI, 2010). Other books include: Free Time and Leisure Participation: International Perspectives (ed. with G. Cushman & J. Zuzanek, CABI, 2005); The Olympic Games; A Social Science Perspective (with K. Toohey, CABI, 2007); A Handbook of Leisure Studies (ed. With C. Rojek & S. Shaw, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006); and Work and Leisure (ed. with J. Haworth, Routledge, 2004).
Current research interests include income inequality and leisure participation and leisure and human rights.