Kelley McClinchey

Contact information

Office: B.C. Matthews Hall (BMH) 2204

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 33894

Email: kamcclinchey@uwaterloo.ca



Teaching interests

As a facilitator of learning, I encourage students to become critical thinkers, to embrace multiple identities and realities, and to mobilize this knowledge for a more just and civil world.  My teaching philosophy centres on constructivism; there are multiple ways of learning and thus multiple strategies for effective teaching.  I aim to inspire students to be passionate learners and put their thinking into action.   My teaching practice is motivated by inquiry and recursive strategies.   From intimate senior-level and graduate seminars to large scale undergraduate lectures, my classroom is welcoming and engaging with a collaborative atmosphere and a focus on equity and diversity.


  • REC 100 (online): Introduction to the Study of Recreation and Leisure 
  • REC 201: Leisure and Diversity
  • REC 280: Introduction to Tourism
  • REC 380: Tourism Analysis
  • REC 422: Urban Recreation
  • REC 631: Issues in Leisure, Space and Place


PhD (Geography) (Wilfrid Laurier University)

BEd (Intermediate/Senior- Biology, Science, Geography) (Queen’s University)

MES (Resource Management) (Wilfrid Laurier University)

HBSc (Geography) (Lakehead University)


Ontario Certified Teacher (in good standing)

Research interests

My research is situated within the broad conceptual framework of the philosophy of place (e.g. Casey, 2009; Malpas, 1999). My goal is to examine the socio-political constructions of place in diverse socio-economic areas and fragile environments and how these meanings continue to be influenced by sustainability and impacted by global mobility processes. Conceptually, I draw on subjective ontologies and interpretivist principles that allow my research to be sensitive to context. Thus, I use multiple methods to get inside the way others see the world and to achieve understandings of everyday, emotional and sensuous experiences. My specific areas of interest are in urban multi-ethnic leisure, festivals and events, migrant family travel back ‘home’, and media texts, narratives and tourism.

Selected publications

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University of Waterloo