The Recreation and Leisure Studies Department and the Hallman Lecture Series are proud to present the Shaw-Mannell Lecture and Leisure Research Award event featuring 2018 recipient, Gerard Kyle.
Leisure studies, ego involvement, and the dodo:
Trying to make sense of the ebbs and flows of leisure research
Gerard Kyle will provide a personal commentary reflecting on his observations of leisure research within the United States over the past 20 years. The lens of his interpretation is t(a)inted by the ontological/epistemological norms governing his research program, i.e., the social psychology of leisure and conservation, along with his institutional and cultural experiences (i.e., Texas A&M University, the state of Texas and the United States).
Gerard Kyle received his PhD in Leisure Studies from The Pennsylvania State University and is currently a professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University.
His research interests focus on human dimensions issues principally within protected area contexts. Drawing from theory informing conservation psychology, his work attempts to model processes driving stakeholder attitudes and behaviour related to an array of issues impacting stakeholder experience, protected area health, and protected area management.
His work, conducted throughout the United States, East and South Asia, and the South Pacific, is situated within coupled human and natural systems approach, and assists sponsoring agencies’ efforts to sustainably manage humans’ impact across diverse scales.
Lecture and award presentation will take place 12:30 - 2 p.m., with reception to follow. The Department's current graduate students will have their research poster boards on display throughout the day.
Parking is available in Lot M ($6 pay and display) or N ($5 pay and display).