Dr Kate Dashper, Reader

Dr Kate Dashper


Kate Dashper is Reader and Director of Research Degrees in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management. Her research applies a critical sociological lens to examine practices of work and leisure, particularly focusing on gender issues and interspecies encounters.

Kate’s work combines expertise in gender studies and human-animal studies. Her PhD (Keele University), sponsored by the journal Gender, Work and Organization, was a study of gender relations within the mixed-sex context of equestrian sport. Her research has since developed her interest in gender and diversity, considering how more-than-human perspectives can inform understanding of the complexities of multispecies worlds.

Kate is an internationally recognised researcher for her work in human-animal studies. Through her research on equestrian sport and leisure, Kate examines how humans and nonhumans work and play together, and the interspecies relationships that can develop through joint action and interaction. Her research considers the potential contributions that multispecies perspectives can make to understanding events, tourism and hospitality practices and organisations. She is author of the 2017 monograph Human-animal Relationships in Equestrian Sport and Leisure (Routledge) and co-editor of the first book on multispecies events, Humans, horses and Event Management (CABI, 2021).

Kate’s other main area of expertise is gender, and she has conducted research and consultancy projects within both the events and equestrian industries, evaluating gender equality initiatives in organisations and exploring the gendered experiences of women and men within professional and leisure contexts. She is editor of Sport, Gender and Mega-events (Emerald, 2021).

Current Teaching

Kate is Director of Research Degrees in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management and leads the School’s postgraduate research development programme. She also teaches human resource management at undergraduate level, and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.
She is currently supervising PhD students researching a variety of issues in events, tourism and hospitality. She welcomes applications in relation to:

  • Gender and events, tourism and hospitality
  • Emotional and aesthetic labour in events, tourism and hospitality organisations
  • Organisational behaviour in events, tourism and hospitality
  • Multispecies perspectives on events, tourism and hospitality
  • Animals in tourism
  • Nature and the outdoors and events, tourism and hospitality


Research Interests

Kate’s research continues to explore more-than-human aspects of work and leisure, focusing on issues related to diversity, inclusion and representation. She is currently developing the practice of multispecies ethnography within the context of animal-related tourism and events. She is working with colleagues in Australia to consider if and how research can attempt to represent some of the experiences and interests of nonhuman animals within global tourism in order to inform debates about welfare, ethics and sustainability.

Kate also remains interested in gender and organisations. She is currently leading a longitudinal study into gender and careers in the events industry. Working with the not-for-profit Fast Forward 15 programme, she is exploring the effectiveness of mentoring and networking as tools to try and redress gender inequality within events and hospitality organisations.

Dr Kate Dashper, Reader

Ask Me About

  1. Gender
  2. Sport
  3. Tourism
  4. Horse riding

Selected Outputs

  • eds. Danby P; Dashper K; Finkel R (2021) Multispecies leisure: Human-animal interactions in leisure landscapes. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

  • eds. Channon A; Dashper K; Fletcher T; Lake RJ (2017) Sex Integration in Sport and Physical Culture Promises and Pitfalls. Routledge.

  • Dashper K (2016) Human-animal Relationships in Equestrian Sport and Leisure. Routledge.

  • eds. Dashper K (2014) Rural tourism: An international perspective. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

  • eds. Fletcher T; Dashper K (2014) Diversity, equity and inclusion in sport and leisure. London: Routledge.

  • eds. Dashper K; Fletcher TE; McCullough N (2014) Sports Events, Society and Culture. Routledge.

  • Sharma-Brymer V; Dashper K; Brymer E (2020) Nature and pets. In: IsHak WW ed. Handbook of Wellness Medicine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 413-422.

  • Finkel R; Dashper K (2020) Accessibility, diversity and inclusion in events. In: Page SJ; Connell J ed. The Routledge Handbook of Events. Routledge, pp. 475-490.

  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K; Matzani R (2017) Gender justice? Muslim women’s experiences of sport and physical activity in the UK. In: Long J; Fletcher T; Watson R ed. Sport, Leisure and Social Justice. Routledge,

  • Fletcher TE; Channon A; Dashper K; Lake RJ (2017) The promises and pitfalls of sex integration in sport and physical culture. In: Channon A; Dashper K; Fletcher T; Lake RJ ed. Sex integration in sport and physical culture: Promises and pitfalls.

  • Dashper K (2016) Researching from the inside: Autoethnography and critical event studies. In: Lamond I; Platt L ed. Critical Events Studies.. Routledge, pp. 213-299.

  • Dashper K (2016) Learning to communicate: The triad of (mis)communication in horse-riding lessons. In: Davis D; Maurstad A ed. The Meaning of Horses. Routledge,

  • Dashper K (2014) Rural tourism: Opportunities and challenges. In: Dashper K ed. Rural tourism: An international perspective. Cambridge Scholars, pp. 1-20.

  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K; McCullough N (2014) Introduction: Sports events, society and culture. In: Fletcher T; Dashper K; McCullough N ed. Sports events, society and culture. London: Routledge,

  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K; McCullough N (2014) This is just the beginning... In: Fletcher T; Dashper K; McCullough N ed. Sports events, society and culture. London: Routledge,

  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K; Russell KA; O'Connor N (2014) Sporting mega-events and Islam: An introduction. In: Fletcher T; Dashper K; Mccullough N ed. Sports events, society and culture. London: Routledge,

  • Dashper KL (2013) Beyond the Binary: Gender integration in equestrian sport. In: Adelman M; Knijik J ed. Gender and Equestrian Sport. Springer, pp. 37-53.

  • Dashper KL; Cochrane J (2013) Characteristics and needs of the leisure riding market in the UK. In: Pickel Chevalier S; Evans R ed. Horse tourism and leisure: international scale - local development.

  • Dashper KL (2012) The Olympic Experience from a Distance: The case of the equestrian events at the 2008 games. In: Shipway R; Fyall A ed. International Sports Events: Impacts, experiences and identities. Routledge, pp. 141-153.

  • Dashper K (2019) Conceptualising nonhuman animals as ‘workers’ in the tourism industry: Theoretical, practical and ethical implications. In: Instagranimal: Animal ethics and welfare challenges in animal-based tourism, 27 August 2020 - 28 August 2019, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.

  • Dashper K; Buchmann A (2019) Reconceptualising animals in tourism: Multispecies perspectives. In: Critical Tourism Studies, 24 June 2019 - 28 June 2019, University of the Balearicas, Ibiza.

  • Dashper K (2019) Multispecies encounters in sports events. In: European Association for the Sociology of Sport, 3 June 2019 - 6 June 2019, University of South-East Norway.

  • Dashper K; Fletcher T; Ormerod N; Marvell A (2018) What is events management? Student and academic staff perspectives. In: Association of Events Management Education (AEME, 4 July 2018 - 5 July 2018, Leeds Beckett University.

  • Dashper K; Buchmann A (2018) Endurance riding events as multispecies tourism. In: Equine Cultures in Transition, 19 June 2018 - 21 June 2018, Leeds Beckett University.

  • Rebelo S; Dashper K (2018) “Women are the business!”: A programme to support, develop and inspire future female leaders in hospitality, tourism and events. In: Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME), 23 May 2018 - 25 May 2018, Bournemouth, UK.

  • Dashper K (2016) Human-horse relationships in equestrian sport and leisure. In: Equine Cultures in Transition, 27 October 2016 - 29 October 2016, Stockholm, Sweden.

  • Dashper K (2016) Do horses cause divorces? Gender, family and equestrian leisure. In: British Sociological Association, 6 April 2016 - 8 April 2016, Aston University, UK.

  • Dashper K (2015) The ethics of horse riding. In: European College of Sport Science, 23 June 2015 - 25 June 2015, Malmo, Sweden.

  • Dashper K (2014) The triad of (mis)communication in horse-riding lessons. In: European Association of Social Anthropology, 31 July 2014 - 3 August 2014, Tallinn, Estonia.

  • Dashper K (2014) Dances on hooves: Dressage to music as a form of interspecies dance. In: International Sociological Association, 13 July 2014 - 19 July 2014, Yokohama, Japan.

  • Dashper K (2013) Gendered bodies within equestrian sport and leisure. In: Transnational Working Group for the Study of Women and Sport, Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • Dashper KL (2013) A little dirt never hurt anyone: Embodying feminine toughness and independence through horse riding and ownership. In: European Rural Sociology Conference, Florence.

  • Fletcher TE (2013) 'Bring on the Dancing Horses': Social class and Dressage Events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. In: International Sociology of Sport Congress, 13 June 2013 - 15 June 2013, Vancouver.

  • Dashper KL (2012) The Elusiveness of ‘Feel’ in the Horse-human Relationship: Communication, Harmony and Understanding. In: Cosmopolitan Animals, 26 October 2012 - 27 October 2012, Institute of English Studies, University of London, UK.


  • Dashper K; Cochrane J (2012) Perceptions of the British countryside as mediated by the horse. In: XIII World Congress of Rural Sociology, 29 July 2012 - 4 August 2012, Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Cochrane J; Dashper KL (2012) Characteristics and needs of the leisure riding market in the UK. In: Equi-Meeting Tourisme, 9 May 2012 - 11 May 2012, Saumur, France.


  • Dashper KL; Cochrane J (2012) Horse-based tourism, farm diversification and regional development in rural areas. In: The Network meeting of the Tourism and Regional Development group of the Regional Studies Association, Antalya, Turkey.

  • Dashper K (2011) Gender Integration in Action: Women, men and equestrian sport. In: The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport conference, Minneapolis, USA.

  • Dashper K (2011) Experiencing the Countryside on Horseback: The 'fantastic' sport of horse endurance. In: The 20th Nordic Symposium in tourism and hospitality research, 21 September 2011 - 23 September 2011, Rovanemi, Finland.

  • Dashper K (2011) The Market for Horse-based Tourism in the UK. In: The Regional Studies Association, Research Network on Tourism and Regional Development, University of Lincoln, UK.

  • Dashper KL (2010) The Olympic experience from a distance: The case of the equestrian events at the 2008 Games. In: The World Leisure Congress, 28 August 2010 - 5 September 2010, Chuncheon, South Korea.

  • Dashper K; Kerfoot D (2009) Men's time, Women's time? Work/life balance in the UK equestrian industry.


  • Dashper KL; Knights D (2008) Upsetting organisations: The case of equestrian sports in Britain. In: The European Group for Organizational Studies conference, VU University Amsterdam, Holland.

  • Dashper KL (2007) Jumping through hoops: An examination of the gendered nature of sport using equestrianism as an exemplar. In: The European Sociological Association conference, 3 September 2007 - 6 September 2007, Glasgow, Scotland.

  • Positive Impact (2017) Telling the story of the Power of Events.

  • Sigurdardóttir I; Helgadóttir G; Dashper K; Ásgeirsson H; Heldt T; Heldt Cassell S; Jaegar K (2017) Evaluation of Landsmót Hestamanna, 2016.

  • Dashper K (2016) Evaluation of Fast Forward 15 Women’s mentoring programme.

  • Mulligan J; Kitchen E; Ormerod N; Dashper K; Fletcher T; Wood E (2015) Evaluation of the social and economic value of participation in meetings and conferences. Research Report, Meetings Professional International (MPI).

  • Dashper K (2015) The event workforce: Understanding job satisfaction, stress and job experience in the events industry.

  • Long JA; Dashper K; Fletcher T; Ormerod N (2015) Understanding participation and non-participation in sport amongst Black and minority ethnic groups in Wales.

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