Kyle Whitfield, PhD, RPP-MCIP

Associate Professor, University of Alberta


Associate Professor, University of Alberta
Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
T6G 2H4



PhD. University of Waterloo, School of Planning Community Planning 2005

MSc. University of Guelph, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development Capacity Development and Rural Extension 1995

B.ES University of Waterloo, Department of Environment and Resource Studies Sustainability, Ethics of Environmental and Resource Problem Solving 1992

I am an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Science- School of Urban and Regional Planning. At the core of my research, teaching and community work are the following areas of scholarship: community planning, social planning, issues relevant to older adults, community development and citizen engagement. Examining the relationships between individual, neighborhood, community, organizational/inter-organizational and policy levels is a framework I use to understand the interconnections among and between such realms. As a qualitative researcher, the methodologies I use most are: individual and focus group interviews, key informant interviews, community studies which includes conducting a community scan, the case study method, document analysis and policy review. Planning, from a theoretical view as well as practice perspective, is central to my work. My work is highly reflective of engaged scholarship; my belief in a strong and interconnected relationship between theory and practice means that my participation in community research aims to strengthen this relationship.


Research related to:

- Community planning and engagement

- Aging

- Community capacity building

-Social equity in planning


-Community Engagement Practicum(MACE 560)

-Planning for Social Equity(Special Topics course) (PLAN 485/585

-Community Engagement, Health and Development (MACE 597)


MACE 560A - Community Engagement Practicum

Students will gain practical, hands-on experience by contributing to a community-based project that draws on multiple facets of community engagement scholarship. The community experience will be supported by a seminar that explores critical, ethical, inclusive, equitable, decolonizing and reflective approaches to the everyday practice of community engagement. Restricted to MACE students. Prerequisite: consent of the department. Students may not receive credit for both: CSL 550 and MACE 560.

Fall Term 2022

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Community capacity development to enhance hospice palliative care in Alberta communities: What is the evidence to demonstrate the value of a community engaged model?

Started: 20160201

Teaching - Community Engagement, Health and Development

Started: Spring Intercession 2021

MACE 597


A Comparison of Cross-Alberta and Cross-Canada Health Initiatives

Author(s): Whitfield, Y.
Publication Date: 2015

Community capacity in end of life care: Can a community development model address suffering and enhance well-being?

Author(s): Whifield, K.Y. and Labrie, M
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: The Handbook of Community Well-Being. International Handbook of Quality of Life Series.(Book)

The tensions and benefits of regionalizing palliative care services: Considerations for city-regionalism.

Author(s): Whitfield, K. Y. and Williams, A.M.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Book Chapter:
External Link:

Community Capacity Development for Enhanced Hospice Palliative Care: Exploring the Value of Community Engagement. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care: 5(1) p. A18.

Author(s): Whitfield, K.Y. and Labrie, M
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: The 4th International Public Health & Palliative Care Conference,
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: A18