Kyle Y. Whitfield, PhD, RPP-MCIP

Associate Professor


About Me

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

At the core of my research, teaching and community work are the following areas of scholarship: health service planning, social planning, 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, which is often in rural communities, aims to strengthen this relationship.


Research related to:

- Community planning and engagement

- Aging

- Health care systems

- Community capacity building

- Hospice care 


I teach three courses:

- Health, Community and Development (SPH 529)

- Community Planning and Engagement (HGP315/PLAN 515)

-Citizen Engagement and Consultation (EXLGP 8209)