Healthy places requires healthy connections, and healthy connections require quality places in which meaningful social ties can develop and thrive. Accordingly, Troy Glover focuses his attention on what he refers to as transformative placemaking, the creation of positive change for people and communities through the (re)shaping, (re)territorializing, and (re)making of community. In doing so, his research concentrates on (1) place, the socio-cultural meanings and attachments held by an individual or group for a spatial setting; and (2) social capital, the consequence of investment in and creation of social relationships allowing individuals access to resources that would otherwise be unavailable to them. These areas of focus have led him to examine a variety of contexts that converge around the broader theme of quality of community life, including summer camps, community gardening, neighbourhood festivals, community sport, the animation of public space, tourism contexts, dog parks, and playgrounds.
Fellow in the Academy of Leisure Sciences; recipient of the Jack Pearse Award in recognition of providing outstanding service to the Canadian Camping Association