Shintaro Kono, PhD

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

Pronouns: He/him


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


Area of Study / Keywords

Leisure; Well-Being; Culture; Mixed Methods; Online Intervention


I am a Japanese who enjoys playing an MMORPG, playing badminton and golf, and watching sitcoms!


Ph.D., Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta, Canada, 2017

M.S., Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A, 2012

B.A., Department of Sports and Leisure Management, Tokai University, Japan, 2011


Dr. Kono's research revolves around the relationship between leisure engagement and subjective well-being. Specifically, he is interested in answering: How does leisure engagement increase participants' subjective well-being and why? He also examines this issue from a cross-cultural and non-Western perspective, by bringing in non-Western/English concepts such as ikigai (life worth living in Japanese). In addition, Dr. Kono has studied predictors of quality leisure engagement such as leisure constraints and constraint negotiation. He also utilizes a wide range of both qualitative (e.g., grounded theory, photo-elicitation) and quantitative (e.g., experiments, structural equation modeling) methods to address the said topics. 


RLS 100, Life Leisure and the Pursuit of Happiness

RLS 223, Leisure and Human Behavior

KSR 500, Concepts and Theories in Leisure and Recreation


Currently, Dr. Kono is interested in mobilizing the knowledge on leisure and well-being to implement online leisure education in accessible media (e.g., YouTube videos) to improve subjective well-being on a large scale. 


KSR 500 - Concepts and Theories of Leisure and Recreation

Concepts, theories, and perspectives of leisure and recreation are examined in relation to the psychological, sociological, cultural, political, and global significance of leisure. Practical implications will also be explored. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 500 or RLS 510.

RLS 223 - Leisure and Human Behavior

A sociopsychological examination of leisure experiences and leisure behaviors. Focus is on the individual in dynamic interactions with other individuals, groups or cultures within a leisure context. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of RLS 123 or 223.

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