Katie Misener

Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies
Katie Misener

Contact information

Office: B.C. Matthews Hall (BMH) 2207

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 47098

Email: k.misener@uwaterloo.ca

Remote video URL

Research interests

My primary research focuses on the capacity and social impact of nonprofit community sport organizations, with a particular focus on how capacity can be enhanced to support sport service delivery and foster social engagement through sport. In particular, I examine concepts such as social responsibility, social capital, volunteerism, and inter-organizational relationships. My research interests also include the role of sport organizations in community health promotion and creating collaborative value through partnerships.

Knowledge translation works

Social responsibility in community sport is a YouTube video highlighting the first stage results in a multi-phase Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) project examining social impact capacity in nonprofit sport management jointly conducted by myself, Kathy Babiak (University of Michigan) and Michael Shier (University of Toronto).

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with research interests relate to:

  • Community sport organizations
  • Organizational capacity
  • Social responsibility through sport
  • Sport and social change
  • Social capital
  • Nonprofit management

Graduate studies application details

Teaching interests

  • Sport and recreation management
  • Nonprofit management and leadership
  • Organizational theory
  • Service learning
  • Social purpose organizations

Check out Katie's teaching story on creating a culture of active learning


  • REC 356: Leisure and Community
  • REC 413: Innovative Solutions in Recreation and Sport Business
  • REC 641: Issues in Leisure and Community


BKin, McMaster University

MHK, University of Windsor

PhD, Western University

Postdoctoral fellowship, Ryerson University 

Selected publications

See Google Scholar for full list of publications.

Kihl, L., Misener, K., Cuskelly, G., & Wicker, P. (2020). Tip of the iceberg: An international investigation of community sport. Sport Management Review. doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2020.06.001

Misener, K. (2020). Parent well-being through community youth sport: An autoethnography of "sideline" participation. Journal of Sport Management. Advance online publication. 10.1123/jsm.2019-0201.

Doherty, A., Millar, P., & Misener, K. (2020). Return to community sport: Leaning on evidence in turbulent times. Managing Sport and Leisure. DOI: 10.1080/23750472.2020.1794940

Morrison, K., & Misener, K. (in press). Strategic management failures in the pursuit of community sport development in a local sports council. Managing Sport and Leisure. doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2020.1792804

Jones, G., Edwards, M., Bocarro, J., Svensson, P., & Misener, K. (2020). A community capacity building approach to sport-based youth development. Sport Management Review, 23, 563-575. DOI: 10.1016/j.smr.2019.09.001

Misener, K., Morrison, K., Shier, M., & Babiak, K. (2020). The influence of organizational social responsibility on involvement behavior in nonprofit membership associations. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 30(4). https://doi.org/10.1002/nml.21406

Jones, G., Misener, K., Svensson, P., & Taylor, L. (2020). An analysis of collaborations involving nonprofit youth sport organizations. Journal of Sport Management, 34(3), 270-281.https://doi.org/10.1123/jsm.2019-0054

Brake, J., & Misener, K. (2020). "It's a ripple effect": The role of intergroup contact within an inner-city youth sport-for-development program. Managing Sport and Leisure, 25(3), 203-219. DOI: 10.1080/23750472.2019.1657783