BiographyKatherine 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
Equestrian sport and leisure
Diversity and inequality in sport
Qualitative research methods
Horses and riding, reading, walking, music, travel.