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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

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

    Congratulations!

    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 11, 2018Childhood play spaces as What-If Worlds: The uncertainties of misogyny, racism, and classismHands adding paint to object on a plate to create art.

    Join us for this public lecture with Stephanie Jones, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Georgia.

  2. July 17, 2018Second Annual Pop-Up Cinema Photo of an outdoor movie screen with people watching in a field.

    Come touchdown with REC and enjoy a movie under the stars.

    This Pop-Up Cinema event is free and all are welcome! Please bring your chair, blanket, etc. for seating.

  3. 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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