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

Rich, K. A. (In press). Rural sport spectacles: Ice hockey, mythologies, and meaning-making in rural Canada. Leisure Sciences.

Misener, L., Rich, K. A., & Pearson, E. (in press). Tensions and Opportunities in Researching Social Change in Sport Management. Sport Management Review. 

Nelson, G.* & Rich, K. A. (in press). Community Context and Therapeutic Recreation Programming in Rural Long-Term Care: A Socio-ecological Examination. Leisure/Loisir. 

Quinton, J.,* Giles, A.R., & Rich, K. A. (in press). Missing masculinitities: The need for gender transformative approaches in water safety promotion for men. Health Promotion Journal of Australia.

Rich, K. A. (2021). Rural-urban interdependencies: Thinking through the implications of space, leisure, politics, and health. Leisure Sciences, 43(1-2), 190-196

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

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. & 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.

Other Publications

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

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

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