The Trails and Social Enterprise Research Project is a longitudinal research project investigating how community-based trail organizations can function under a social enterprise model. This research seeks to identify key trends impacting trail use in Canada, and to determine what governance structures can best support and grow trails in communities across Canada as meaningful outdoor recreation and tourism resources.
Nature Journaling, Place Attachment & PebblePad
This SoTL project explores the use of nature journaling as a part of online experiential learning seminars aimed at fostering place attachment, while promoting pro-environmental attitudes and nature stewardship among university students using an online peer collaborative platform called PebblePad.
Grand Watershed Trails Network
Trail-Based Recreation & Tourism
The Grand Watershed Trails Network Project is a joint collaboration between the researchers affiliated with the Trail Research Hub and the University of Waterloo's Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, as well as community partners, including the Grand Watershed Trail Network, Regional Tourism Organizations (RTO 1, RTO 3, and RTO 4), and Six Nations Tourism.
Exploring the Culture of WWOOF Participation in New Zealand
Kelsey's doctoral dissertation examined the culture of World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) participation in New Zealand, including the experience and meaning of participation across all program levels (organization, host and guest). Using phenomenology-based ethnographic methods, data was collected during seven months of immersive fieldwork, using participant observation, fieldnotes, reflexive journaling, key informant interviews, and included secondary analysis of organizational documents, videos and photographs.