Kyle Rich, PhD

Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Office: AS 350
905 688 5550 x4269
krich@brocku.ca

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 https://journals.brandonu.ca/jrcd/article/view/1781 {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 https://jsfd.org/2020/07/01/exploring-migrant-families-acculturation-and-livelihoods-in-canada-and-the-role-of-sport-participation/ {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 https://www.cogitatiopress.com/socialinclusion/article/viewFile/141/141 {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 http://crrf.ca/ri-escapingtorural/

Rich, K. A. & Barnes, M. (2020). Mood Walks: The role of parks and recreation in mental health promotion (Policy Brief No. 45). Retrieved from https://brocku.ca/niagara-community-observatory/wp-content/uploads/sites/117/NCO-45-MOOD-WALKS-FINAL-April-2020.pdf

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 http://sorc.crrf.ca/sorc3/

Bean, C., Rich, K., & Kramers, S. (2019). HIGH FIVE®’s Principles of Healthy Child Development and Program Design Guidelines: Review of Literature. Available at https://www.highfive.org/sites/default/files/PRO%20Literature%20Review_FINAL_24-05-19_0.pdf

Rich, K. A., & Pegoraro, A. (2018). Challenging the Narrative of #HumboldtStrong: Power, Politics, and Sporting Nationalism. Engaging Sports. Available at https://thesocietypages.org/engagingsports/2018/11/28/challenging-the-narrative-of-humboldtstrong-power-politics-and-sporting-nationalism/

-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 https://www.eganvilleleader.ca/issue/190327.pdf

Junke, H. (2019). Faculty recognized at 15th annual Tribute to Teaching celebration. Brock News, Retrieved from https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2019/12/faculty-recognized-at-15th-annual-tribute-to-teaching-celebration/

Pecoskie, T. (2019). Is hockey weight loss program a good FIT? The Hamilton Spectator, Retrieved from https://www.thespec.com/sports-story/9155948-is-hockey-weight-loss-program-a-good-fit-/

Paul, D. (2019). Opeongo Heritage Cup celebrating cultural roots since 2006. The Madawaska Valley Current, Retrieved from https://madvalleycurrent.com/2019/03/24/opeongo-heritage-cup-celebrate-cultural-roots-since-2006/

Zanussi, R. (2016). Increasing access to sport, recreation in Powassan. Almaguin News, Retrieved from https://www.northbaynipissing.com/community-story/6271817-increasing-access-to-sport-recreation-in-powassan/