Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Katherine Dashper
About Dr Katherine Dashper
Dr Kate Dashper is Reader within the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management. Her research applies a critical sociological lens to examine practices of work and leisure, with particular focus on gender issues and interspecies encounters in events, tourism and hospitality.
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).
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.
Kate teaches human resource management and research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on the events management programmes. 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
- Nature and the outdoors and events, tourism and hospitality
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