Katherine  Dashper Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Katherine Dashper

Senior Lecturer in Events Management and Sport
Leeds Beckett University

Katherine’s research focuses on sport, leisure, events and tourism. She conducts multispecies ethnography to explore embodied human-horse interactions through different equestrian practices. Her monograph, Human-animal Relationships in Equestrian Sport and Leisure, argues that human-horse encounters are revealing about the ways that human society is structured through intersection with nonhuman others. Katherine also researches gender and identity within sport, leisure and event spaces.


Katherine Dashper is Senior Lecturer in Events Management and Sport at Leeds Beckett University. Her research interests focus on gender, identity and (in)equality within sport and leisure, with particular focus on equestrianism. Her PhD explored gender within professional equestrian sport. She has since developed her work to also include leisure riders, with attention to human-animal encounters. Katherine has published in a variety of international journals and has edited three books on tourism, sport and events.

Katherine is committed to also sharing her work with non-academic audiences, and in 2010 co-founded a social enterprise, Ride Yorkshire, to try and bring her research closer to end users.

Katherine is  interested in qualitative research methods, in particular autoethnography and multispecies ethnography, as ways of trying to understand the experiences of humans in relation and interaction with the nonhuman world.  

Katherine has conducted research for a variety of public and private organisations within the sports and events industries.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Human-animal relationships
    Equestrian sport and leisure
    Diversity and inequality in sport
    Qualitative research methods

Personal Interests

    Horses and riding, reading, walking, music, travel.


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