Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies
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.
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
- 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/
- Increasing access to sport, recreation in Powassan
- Opeongo Heritage Cup celebrating cultural roots since 2006
- Is hockey weight loss program a good FIT?