Peter Morden, PhD
Associate Professor, Applied Human Sciences
Chair, Applied Human Sciences
Prior to joining Concordia University as a full-time facultymember in 2003, Dr. Peter Morden pursued academic training in leisure studiesand employment within municipal, not-for-profit, and commercial leisureservices for the better part of two decades. Over this time developed aprofound interest in community efforts to serve the leisure needs ofadolescents, ethnocultural communities, and impoverished populations as well asthe psychological outcomes of leisure participation. Dr. Morden received his Masterof Arts degree from Dalhousie University in 1998 and was awarded a PhD from theUniversity of Waterloo in 2004.
Dr. Morden has published in diverse areas including thepsychological antecedents of leisure satisfaction, leisure behaviour and ethnoculturalidentity development, and leisure policy and practice in Quebec. He haspresented at both national and international conferences and has receivednumerous awards for his scholarship and contributions to the scholarlycommunity. His most recent book, DerivingSatisfaction: Needs and Emotions in Everyday Life, was published in 2010.
He is currently Chair of the Department of Applied HumanSciences at Concordia and is an active contributor to university and communitylife, having served most recently as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts aswell as a member of the Quartier Loyola committee which seeks to improve theintegration of community and university life in the city’s west end.
PhD Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo
M.A. Recreation and Leisure Studies, Dalhousie University
B.A. Leisure Studies/Business Studies, Concordia University
Leisure and adolescent development
Leisure and personal well-being
Leisure and marginalized populations
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council/Sport Canada Joint Program: Sports Participation Research Initiative. Adolescent leisure opportunities in a gentrifying community. 2007-2011, $58 447.
Morden, P. A. (2010). Deriving satisfaction: Needs and emotions in everyday life. Saarbrüken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.
Morden, P. A., Hebblethwaite, S., & Hopp, R., (Eds.). (2008). Book of Abstracts: 12th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research. Montreal, QC: Canadian Association for Leisure Studies.
Morden, P. A. & Stebbins, R. (2007). Leisure in French Canada. In R. McCarville & K. MacKay (Eds.) Leisure for Canadians (pp. 165-172). State College, PA: Venture.
Morden, P. A., & Hopp, R.. (2007). Transracial adoptees: A new frontier in ethnicity and leisure research. Leisure/loisir, 31(1), 57-76.
Delamere, F. M., Morden, P. A., & Rose, H. A. (2006). Promoting resilience in youth through facilitating leisure engagement in self-determined community-serving projects. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 21, 18-28.
Havitz, M. E., Morden, P. A., & Samdahl, D. M. (2004).The diverse worlds of unemployed adults: Consequences for leisure, lifestyle, and well-being. Waterloo, ON: Laurier University Press.
Recent conference presentations
Morden,P. A. (2018,July). Understanding the experience of urban leisure spaces: Using geographically-explicit ecological momentary assessment to understand space-usepatterns, perceptions, and preferences of locals versus tourists. Paperpresented at the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, Ontario.
Morden,P. A. (2017, May).Urban adolescents’ community perceptions as barriers to physical activity.Paper presented at the Fifteenth Canadian Congress on Leisure Research,Kitchener, Ontario.
Havitz, M. E. & Morden, P. A. (2016,July). Some years later – Perspectives on Diverse Worlds of Unemployed Adults:Consequences for Leisure, Lifestyle, and Well-Being. Paper presented at theThird ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria.