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

Rich, K. A. (In press). Rural sport spectacles: Ice hockey, mythologies, and meaning-making in rural Canada. Leisure Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1080/01490400.2020.1870591

Misener, L., Rich, K. A., & Pearson, E. (in press). Tensions and Opportunities in Researching Social Change in Sport Management. Sport Management Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/14413523.2021.1902123 

Nelson, G.* & Rich, K. A. (in press). Community Context and Therapeutic Recreation Programming in Rural Long-Term Care: A Socio-ecological Examination. Leisure/Loisir. https://doi.org/10.1080/14927713.2021.1945942 

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. https://doi.org/10.1002/hpja.490

Rich, K. A. (2021). Rural-urban interdependencies: Thinking through the implications of space, leisure, politics, and health. Leisure Sciences, 43(1-2), 190-196https://doi.org/10.1080/01490400.2020.1774001

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.  https://journals.brandonu.ca/jrcd/article/view/1781  {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. https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2019.1636850

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2019.1565387

Other Publications

Rich, K. A. (2020). “Escaping” to Rural Canada during the pandemic. Rural Insight Series: COVID-19.  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).  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, State of Rural Canada III: Bridging Rural Data Gaps (pp. 22-30). Available at http://sorc.crrf.ca/sorc3/

-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/