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Elizabeth Halpenny


Currently working at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation, Elizabeth Halpenny received a PhD in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2006. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of tourism, marketing, environmental psychology and protected areas management.

During her time in Alberta, Elizabeth has been fortunate to collaborate with a number of parks and recreation providers including Alberta Parks, ARPA, the Beaver Hills Biosphere Reserve and Parks Canada. Her research focuses on visitor experiences and environmental stewardship.

Current research projects include: (a) the impact of conservation-related brands on travel decision making; (b) individuals’ attitudes towards and stewardship of natural areas; (c) Alberta-based agritourism, and (d) tourism-related social media conservations on climate change in Canada’s Rocky Mountain parks.