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. & Misener, L. (in press). 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.

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.

Singer, J. N., Shaw, S., Hoeber, L., Walker, N., Rich, K. A., & Agyemang, K. (2019). Critical Conversations About Qualitative Research in Sport Management. Journal of Sport Management, 33(1), 50-63.

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., A. & Giles, A. R. (2015). Managing Diversity to Provide Culturally Safe Sport Programming: A Case Study of the Canadian Red Cross’ Swim Program. Journal of Sport Management, 29(3), 305-317.

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.

Rich, K., & Bean, C., & Apramian, Z. (2014). Boozing, brawling, and community building: Sport-facilitated community development in a rural Ontario community. Leisure/Loisir, 38(1), 73-92.

Book Chapters

Rich, K. A., Misener, L, and the Trout Creek Community Centre Board. (2017). Community Centres as Spaces for Sport, Recreation, and Resiliency: The Case of the Trout Creek Community Centre. In L. Brinklow & R. Gibson (Eds.), Building Community Resilience: From Black Horses to White Steeds (pp. 109-131). Charlottetown, PE: Island Studies Press.

Rich, K. A. & Misener, L. (2017). From Canada with Love: Human Rights, Soft Power, and the Pridehouse Movement. In C. Esherick, B. Baker, S. Jackson, & M. Sam (Eds.), Case Studies in Sport Diplomacy. Morgantown, WV: Fit Publishing.

  • Sociological Aspects of Leisure and Diversity
  • Leisure and Health Relationships
  • Leisure Theory and Reflective Practice
  • Community Development, Diversity, and Recreation
  • Administration of Community Recreation Theory and Practice