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Enhancing the quality of individual and collective lives

From visionary beginnings in 1968 and buoyed by a consistent record of innovation, the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies has long enjoyed a reputation for excellence placing it among world leaders in the field.

The University of Waterloo offered one of the first undergraduate degree programs in recreation and leisure studies including the first co-operative education program, as well as the first MA and PhD programs in recreation and leisure studies in Canada.

Our students are mentored by leading experts and have the opportunity to apply theory to practice as they are introduced to the study of recreation and leisure as a phenomena as well as the planning, delivery and evaluation of recreation and leisure services.

Woman curling at community rink.Through focus on community, environment, health and well-being, identity and diversity, and service and policy, our research strives to critically evaluate leisure in its diverse forms with a goal of enhancing quality of individual and collective lives.

  1. June 14, 2018Bryan Grimwood research team receives $278,000 SSHRC grantBryan Grimwood

    Bryan Grimwood and co-investigators (including Lori Campbell and Lisbeth Berbary at UWaterloo), have secured a $278,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight grant for a project called Unsettling Tourism: Settler Stories, Indigenous Lands, and Awakening an Ethics of Reconciliation.

  2. May 23, 2018Bryan Grimwood, an Awesome Tourism ScholarPoster of all the names of who was awarded the Most Awesome Scholar in Tourism Award


    We would like to congratulate Professor Bryan Grimwood, on being recognized as an “Awesome Scholar in Tourism”

  3. May 9, 2018Professor Katie Misener featured by the Sport Information Resource Centre

    Katie Misener’s research was recently featured by the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC). This national organization is committed to empowering sport organizations and individuals to improve the Canadian sport system by sharing credible and evidence-based knowledge. The article also offers practitioners with a link to an animated video summarizing the rationale and implications for community sport organizations engaging in socially responsible initiatives.

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  1. July 24, 2018Hallman Lecture: Whiteness, Women and Sex TourismProfessor Donna Chambers.

    Professor Donna Chambers examines female sex tourism in the post-colonial world through the lens of whiteness theory.

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