Kyle Rich, PhD

Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Office: AS 350
905 688 5550 x4269

I am interested in how community, policy, and social inclusion/exclusion shape experiences in sport, recreation, and physical activity programs, especially in rural and remote municipalities. In my research, I use community-based and participatory methods to work with community organizers to understand and address local issues, in efforts to improve community health and wellbeing.

  • Community sport and recreation policy.
  • Rural and remote communities.
  • Social Inclusion and exclusion.
  • Community-based and participatory research methodologies.
  • Canadian Association for Leisure Studies
  • Leisure Studies Association
  • Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation
  • North American Society for Sport Management
  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

* = Student  | {OA} = Open Access

Rich, K.A. & Breunig, M. (in press). Cultural Safety: A lens for leisure provision in cross-cultural contexts. Submitted to Managing Sport and Leisure

Rich, K. A., Hoeber, L. & Weisgerber, A, (2020). The Battle of Little Big Puck: Narratives of Community, Sport, and Relationships in Rural Canada. Submitted to Journal of Rural and Community Development, 15(3), 45-64. Retrieved from {OA}

Smart, S*., Rich, K. A., & Lauzon, A. (2020). Exploring the role of sport in the acculturation and livelihoods of newcomers to Canada. Journal of Sport for Development 8(14) (Special issue on Sport and Livelihoods). Retrieved from {OA}

Rich, K. A. (2020). Rural-urban interdependencies: Thinking through the implications of space, leisure, politics, and health. Leisure Sciences.

Rich, K. A. & Misener, L. (2020). Get Active Powassan: Developing sport and recreation programs and policies through participatory action research in a rural community context. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health, 12(2), 272-288.

Rich, K. A., Nicholson, M., Randle, E., Staley, K., O’Halloran, P., Belski, R., Kappelides, P., & Donaldson, A. (2019). Leisure Constraints and Sport Development for Women in Regional Communities: A Case Study to Inform Participant-Centred Sport Development Initiatives. Leisure Sciences (online first)

Rich, K. A. & Misener, L. (2019). Playing on the periphery: Troubling sport policy, systemic exclusion, and the place of rural sport in Canada. Sport in Society, 22(6), 1005-1024.

Rich, K. A., & Misener, L. (2017). Insiders, Outsiders, and Agents of Change: First Person Action Inquiry in Community Sport Management. Sport Management Review, 20(1), 8-19.

Rich, K., Misener, L., & Dubeau, D. (2015). Community Cup, We are a Big Family: Examining the Social Inclusion and Acculturation of Newcomers to Canada Through a Participatory Sport Event. Social Inclusion, 3(3), 129-141. Retrieved from {OA}

Other Publications

Rich, K. A. (2020). “Escaping” to Rural Canada during the pandemic. Rural Insight Series: COVID-19. Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. Retrieved from

Rich, K. A. & Barnes, M. (2020). Mood Walks: The role of parks and recreation in mental health promotion (Policy Brief No. 45). Retrieved from

Rich, K. A., & Giles, S (2019). We don’t know what we don’t measure: Data gaps in rural health and wellbeing. In Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, State of Rural Canada III: Bridging Rural Data Gaps (pp. 22-30). Available at

Bean, C., Rich, K., & Kramers, S. (2019). HIGH FIVE®’s Principles of Healthy Child Development and Program Design Guidelines: Review of Literature. Available at

Rich, K. A., & Pegoraro, A. (2018). Challenging the Narrative of #HumboldtStrong: Power, Politics, and Sporting Nationalism. Engaging Sports. Available at

-Sociological Aspects of Leisure and Diversity

-Leisure and Health Promotion

-Current Issues in Community Recreation

-Recreation Programming

Fleurie, T. (2019). Brock professor visits Valley to learn about Heritage Cup. The Eaganville Leader, Retrieved from

Junke, H. (2019). Faculty recognized at 15th annual Tribute to Teaching celebration. Brock News, Retrieved from

Pecoskie, T. (2019). Is hockey weight loss program a good FIT? The Hamilton Spectator, Retrieved from

Paul, D. (2019). Opeongo Heritage Cup celebrating cultural roots since 2006. The Madawaska Valley Current, Retrieved from

Zanussi, R. (2016). Increasing access to sport, recreation in Powassan. Almaguin News, Retrieved from