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Dr Katherine Dashper


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Dr Katherine Dashper

Reader

School Of Events, Tourism And Hospitality Management

0113 81 23460 K.Dashper@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Katherine 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.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (36)

Books (5)

  • Channon A; Dashper K; Lake RJ; Fletcher T (2017) Sex Integration in Sport and Physical Culture Promises and Pitfalls. Routledge.
  • Dashper K (2016) Human-animal Relationships in Equestrian Sport and Leisure. Routledge.
  • Dashper K ed. (2014) Rural tourism: An international perspective. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars.
  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K (2014) Diversity, equity and inclusion in sport and leisure. Sport in a global society London: Routledge.
  • Dashper K; Fletcher TE; McCullough N ed. (2014) Sports Events, Society and Culture. Routledge: Advances in Events Research Routledge.

Chapters (10)

  • (In press) The Meaning of Horses. In: . : Routledge, pp. .
    https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315690728
  • 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 Sport, Leisure and Social Justice. : Routledge, pp. .
  • 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 Sex integration in sport and physical culture: Promises and pitfalls. : , pp. .
  • Dashper K (2014) Rural tourism: Opportunities and challenges.. In: Dashper K 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 Sports events, society and culture. London: Routledge, pp. .
  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K; McCullough N (2014) This is just the beginning.... In: Fletcher T; Dashper K; McCullough N Sports events, society and culture. London: Routledge, pp. .
  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K; Russell KA; O'Connor N (2014) Sporting mega-events and Islam: An introduction. In: Fletcher T; Dashper K; Mccullough N Sports events, society and culture. London: Routledge, pp. .
  • Dashper KL; Cochrane J (2013) Characteristics and needs of the leisure riding market in the UK. In: Pickel Chevalier S; Evans R Horse tourism and leisure: international scale - local development. : , pp. .
  • Dashper KL (2013) Beyond the Binary: Gender integration in equestrian sport. In: Adelman M; Knijik J Gender and Equestrian Sport. : Springer, pp. 37-53.
  • Dashper KL (2012) The Olympic Experience from a Distance: The case of the equestrian events at the 2008 games. In: Shipway R; Fyall A International Sports Events: Impacts, experiences and identities. : Routledge, pp. 141-153.

Conference contributions (1)

  • Fletcher TE (2013) 'Bring on the Dancing Horses': Social class and Dressage Events at the London 2012 Olympic Games Vancouver 13/06/2013.

Reports (2)

  • 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). Meetings Professional International (MPI).
  • Long JA; Dashper K; Fletcher T; Ormerod N (2015) Understanding participation and non-participation in sport amongst Black and minority ethnic groups in Wales. Cardiff: Report to Sport Wales from the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure.
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