Faculty & Staff


Tom Hinch, PhD


Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

About Me

PhD (Geography), University of Western Ontario, 1991
MA (Recreation), 1984
BA (Economics, Political Science), 1978

Dr. Hinch has drawn on his multidisciplinary background to establish a research and teaching program in the area of tourism.

He has used his own background in sport, recreation and travel as an inspiration for his research. Examples include a hockey study abroad experience in Moscow as an undergraduate student; cycle touring in Canada, New Zealand and Europe; and numerous academic-based trips in places throughout Asia, South America and Africa.

In 1998, he spent his sabbatical year at the University of Otago in Dunedin where he met and initiated a sport tourism research program with Dr. James Higham. This collaboration has continued to be fruitful including the publication of two jointly authored books.

Dr. Hinch also spent a decade in various administrative roles with the Faculty including Associate Dean Community and International Engagement. He remains a strong advocate for student based international and community experiences.

Hinch, T.D. & Higham, J.E.S. (2011) Sport Tourism Development (2nd ed.). Clevedon, UK: Channel View Publications.

Higham, J.E.S. & Hinch, T.D.  (2009) Sport and Tourism: Globalisation, Mobility and Identity. London: Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann.

Butler, R.W.  & Hinch, T. (Eds.). (2007) Tourism and Indigenous Peoples: Issues and Implications. Oxford: Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann.

Recent Articles:

Kulczycki, C., & Hinch, T. (2015). “It’s a place to climb”: place meanings of indoor rock climbing facilities. Leisure/Loisir, (ahead-of-print), 1-23.

Hinch, T., & Ramshaw, G. (2014). Heritage sport tourism in Canada. Tourism Geographies, 16(2), 237-251.

Sant, S. L., Mason, D. S., & Hinch, T. D. (2013). Conceptualising Olympic tourism legacy: destination marketing organisations and Vancouver 2010.Journal of Sport & Tourism, 18(4), 287-312.


Dr. Hinch’s research interest focuses on sport based travel in particular and sustainable tourism development more generally. He studies the way that people who travel for sport connect to the places that they visit. His earlier research programs included the study of tourism and indigenous peoples as well as tourism in Canada’s north.

Current Research Activity:

Place making and sport tourism events: The case of the Canadian Death Race in Grande Cache, Alberta. Funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council

Research Fellow, Sport Tourism Research Institute, Wakayama University, Wakayama, Japan

Co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Sport & Tourism on Destinations


RLS 263 Principles of Tourism
RLS 350 Public Policy in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
RLS 497 The Culture of Recreation, Sport and Tourism in Brazil (Spring 2016)