Kyle Rich – Brock News

NOTE: This is the latest in a Q&A series featuring Brock University faculty members incorporating the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games into their research projects. For more information on Brock’s academic activities around the Games, visit

Kyle Rich is an assistant professor in the Department of Leisure and Recreation Studies. He is interested in how community, policy and social inclusion / exclusion shape experiences in sport, recreation and physical activity programs, particularly in rural and remote municipalities. In his research, he uses community and participatory methods to work with community organizers to understand and resolve local issues, with the goal of improving the health and well-being of the community.

Rich is one of 11 Brock researchers and scholars who received funding under the 2020-2021 cycle of RVP’s Canada Games Grants program. Her project is the result of a collaboration with associate professors of leisure and recreation studies Erin Sharpe and Martha Barnes, as well as Carol Phillips, research coordinator at the Brock Community Observatory in Niagara.

Here, Rich discusses the project.

Please give a brief overview of your research project

We are interested in understanding municipal collaboration in the process of hosting an event with a regional hosting model (such as the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games).

What do you think will be the result of your research?

We are seeing more and more offers for multisport events from several cities or entire regions. Our project will help us to better understand how actor networks and their capacity influence how municipalities are (and are not) able to work together throughout the reception process.

How will this contribute to knowledge or understanding of the Canada Summer Games?

Niagara 2022 is an interesting case study, as it is hosted by the entire region (i.e. 12 municipalities). Therefore, we have an interesting opportunity to understand how regional politics and politics could shape the reception process.

How did you get interested in this research?

My own research has focused on events in rural communities, and my colleagues have expertise in networks, municipal policies, and organizational capacity. This project is a really fun opportunity to bring us all together on an interdisciplinary project that will make a big contribution.

How do you plan to share your research?

We plan to publish our findings in an academic journal and also to write a policy brief that will be published and made public through the Niagara Community Observatory.

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