Director of the Healthy Communities Research Network
My attention is focussed on what I refer to as transformative placemaking, the creation of positive change for people and communities through the (re)shaping, (re)territorializing, and (re)making of community spaces. In doing so, my research concentrates on (1) place, the socio-cultural meanings and attachments held by an individual or group for a spatial setting; and (2) social capital, the consequence of investment in and cultivation of social relationships allowing individuals access to resources that would otherwise be unavailable to them. These foci have led me to examine a variety of contexts that converge around the broader theme of quality of community life, including community gardening, neighbourhood festivals, local events, community sport, the animation of public space, dog parks, playgrounds, and kindness of strangers in tourism.
Graduate supervision and student opportunities
I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with research interests related to:
- Public space
- Social capital
- Urban studies
- Urban recreation
- Program management and evaluation
Check out Troy's teaching story on building community in (and out) of class
- REC 120: Experience Design and Delivery
BRLS, Brock University
MA, University of Alberta
PhD, University of Waterloo
See Google Scholar for full list of publications.