Concordia University

Peter Morden, PhD

Associate Professor, Applied Human Sciences
Chair, Applied Human Sciences

Office: L-VE 325-2 
Vanier Extension,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5815

Dr. Morden has been a full-time faculty member at Concordia since July, 2003. Over the past two decades Dr. Morden has interspersed academic training in leisure studies and employment within municipal, not-for-profit, and commercial leisure services. Over this time he has developed a profound interest in community efforts to serve the leisure needs of adolescents, ethnocultural communities, and impoverished populations as well as the psychological outcomes of leisure participation. Dr. Morden has published in diverse areas including the psychological antecedents of leisure satisfaction, leisure behaviour and ethnocultural identity development, and leisure policy and practice in Quebec. He has presented at both national and international conferences and has received numerous awards for his scholarship and contributions to the scholarly community.


PhD Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo
M.A. Recreation and Leisure Studies, Dalhousie University
B.A. Leisure Studies/Business Studies, Concordia University

Research interests

Leisure and adolescent development
Leisure and personal well-being
Leisure and marginalized populations
Urban ethnography

Research activities

Research grants

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.


Recent publications

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.

Participation activities

Recent conference presentations

Morden, P. A. (2009, November). Gentrification, Socio-Economic Clustering and Youth Leisure. Paper presented at the Sport Canada Research Initiative Conference, Ottawa, Ontario.

Morden, P. A. (2008). Need satisfaction and affective experience: Leisure, work, and family [Abstract]. Twelfth Canadian Congress on Leisure Research Book of Abstracts, Montreal, Quebec, 302-306.

Morden, P. A. & Maurer, S. A. (2008). Asymmetrical gentrification and youth leisure [Abstract]. Twelfth Canadian Congress on Leisure Research Book of Abstracts, Montreal, Quebec, 306-309.

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