Martha Barnes is an associate professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University, where she teaches courses in community recreation, finance, and planning. Barnes received her PhD in recreation and leisure studies from the University of Waterloo.

Previously, she worked as an assistant director at the Indiana University Tennis Center after the completion of her master’s in recreation administration at Indiana University. Her research is focused on improving the delivery of sport and recreation in communities.

Specific past projects have included understanding community partnerships, park use, sport councils, volunteer management, and networks among sport and recreation organizations.

She has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally for associations such as the National Recreation and Park Association, North American Society for Sport Management, Canadian Association for Leisure Studies, and World Leisure on various topics related to community sport and recreation.

Her work has also been published in several refereed, professional journals related to recreation and sport management.