Shintaro Kono, PhD

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


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



I am a Japanese who enjoys playing badminton 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

KIN 109, Statistics, Measurement, and Evaluation


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 100 - Life, Leisure, and the Pursuit of Happiness

This is a foundational, introductory course to recreation and leisure studies, with an emphasis on exploring leisure's contributions to happiness from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Various theories and evidence to support leisure's roles in the pursuit of happiness are covered, along with prominent subtopics within leisure studies. Students will be expected to apply the learned content to issues they face in their own leisure life and/or future professional life.

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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