Gordon J. Walker

Gordon J. Walker
Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic and State University, 1997
Current Position: 
Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta

Dr. Gordon J. Walker is a Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta (Canada).

His research program integrates socio- and cross-cultural psychology and leisure theory.

He is especially interested in how culture influences leisure behavior (e.g., need satisfaction through, motivations for, constraints to, experiences during, and quality of life outcomes of, leisure). 

In 2011, Gordon co-authored the second edition of A Social Psychology of Leisure with Doug Kleiber and Roger Mannell; in 2014 he co-edited a book entitled Race, Ethnicity, and Leisure: Perspectives on Research, Theory, and Practice with Monika Stodolska, Kim Shinew, and Myron Floyd; and in 2016 he co-edited a book entitled Leisure Matters: The State and Future of Leisure Studies with David Scott and Monika Stodolska.

In addition, he has published over 70 refereed articles to date.

Gordon is also a Distinguished University Professor at Wakayama University in Japan (2016-2019), where he co-teaches an intensive course each year.

Email: gjwalker@ualberta.ca