Elizabeth Halpenny, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs


Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
(780) 492-5702
2-130G University Hall
8840 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J9



PhD in Recreation and Leisure Studies - University of Waterloo (2006)
Master’s in Environmental Studies - York University  (2000)
BA in Geography - Wilfrid Laurier University (1992) 

Previous to entering full time employment in academia, Dr. Halpenny worked with an international NGO, The International Ecotourism Society (2000-2005) as Research and Workshop Coordinator. This position entailed travel around the world assisting entrepreneurs and government agencies develop ecotourism infrastructure and programs.


Dr. Halpenny conducts research in the areas of tourism, marketing, environmental psychology, and protected areas management.

Current projects include:
a) Examining the use, acceptance and impact of mobile digital technologies on tourists (i.e., festival patrons and protected area visitors);
b) Investigating the impact of World Heritage designation and other park-related brands on travel decision making;
c) Exploring individuals’ attitudes towards and stewardship of natural areas (most recently she conducted an examination of Edmontonian’s attachment to, recreation in, and stewardship of the North Saskatchewan River Valley); and,
d) Documenting children’s access to nature as a place to play and the outcomes that arise from these activities.  


Dr. Halpenny current supervises 5 PhD students and 1 Master’s student. She teaches the following graduate and undergraduate courses:
•    RLS 232 Marketing for Sport, Recreation and Tourism
•    RLS 452/541 Parks Management, Planning and Maintenance/ Parks and Protected Areas: Planning and Management of Natural and Cultural Heritage
•    RLS 463 Issues in Tourism Development


RLS 263 - Principles of Tourism

This course presents an overview and explores the basic principles of the tourism system (tourist, travel, destinations, and marketing), underlying influences such as cultural, social, economic, and psychological aspects, areas of major tourist activity such as natural spaces, constructed facilities, and cultural events, and the impact of tourism upon the attraction, local communities, and national arenas. NOTE: Field Trips are an integral and required component of this Course. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

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