Kylie Wasser

Contact information

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

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 40959

Email: kwasser@uwaterloo.ca


Research interests

My research focuses on the interplay between recreation, sport, events, and policy. I have concentrated on evidence-based policy-making to understand concepts such as inclusion, access, and delivery of sport and recreation programming. I’m particularly interested in critically examining how sport event bidding and hosting impacts individuals, communities, and the environment. Underpinning my research is a dedicated emphasis to sustainability and examining the many interrelated systems and structures that surround sport and recreation locally, nationally, and globally.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am available to supervise Honours Thesis (REC 471) projects and Directed Studies (REC 475) at the undergraduate level, as well as sitting on committees at the Master's and PhD level. I am interested in working with students whose research interests are related to:

  • Event bidding and hosting
  • Recreation/sport policy
  • Access and inclusion
  • Sustainability in sport, recreation, and events

Graduate studies application details

Teaching interests

  • Sport and recreation management
  • Globalization
  • Sport development
  • Evidence-based policy making


  • REC 100: Introduction to the Study of Recreation and Leisure
  • REC 203: Sociology of Sport
  • REC 313: Amateur Sport from Playground to Podium
  • REC 413: Innovative Solutions in Recreation and Sport Business
  • REC 621: Issues in Leisure and Social Justice


BSc, McMaster University

MHK, University of Windsor

PhD, Western University

Selected publications

See Google Scholar for a full list of publications.

Wasser, K., Di Lu, L., & Misener, L. (2022). Examining long-term organizational forms surrounding leverage and legacy delivery of Canadian major-sport events. Event Management.

Wasser, K., Di Lu, L., & Misener, L. (2022). A research synthesis of organizational forms for events legacy delivery. A Research Agenda for Event Impacts.

Misener, L., & Wasser, K. (2016).  International Sport Development. In E. Sherry, N. Schulenkorf, & P. Phillips (Eds.), Managing Sport Development (pp. 31-44). Routledge.

University of Waterloo