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Cultural and Social Representation of Scotland including Practice Based study Rural and Remote Rural Communities (Northern Europe/Atlantic) Small Island Communities and Place Cultural Work and Creative Economies - art, craft, food, drink, and media Sustainability, Resilience and Rural Place Narratives

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1996 …2022

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Area of academic expertise - outline

Dr Kathryn A. Burnett is Senior Lecturer in the Division of Arts and Media, University of the West of Scotland teaching across inter-disciplinary undergraduate and Masters programmes in Creative Arts Practice, Music and Media. With a background in social anthropology, sociology and cultural studies, Kathryn’s research interests include the mediatization and representation of remote and island spaces; identity, ecologies and place narratives of Scotland’s rural communities, coasts and islands; cultural work, precarity and creative enterprise; Scottish cultural heritage and arts contexts including Gaelic and Scots for applied creative practice; sustainable communities, resilience, development, entrepreneurship, cultural policy and the commons in small island, remote, peripheral and rural contexts. Kathryn is Co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Island Studies an interdisciplinary and international network for island studies and islandness with particular reference to Scotland's cultural, social and economic policy contexts and potential. Contact:

Current research activities

Key current research focus includes:

  • rural and remote places and lives, with specific reference to Scotland’s islands and issues of community, sustainability and enterprise;
  • the mediatization and representation of Scotland with reference to alterity, heritage and negotiated identity;
  • cultural work, enterprise, place and rural cultural industries.

Desired research direction

To engage further with an island studies and remote rural research focus within Scotland as a collaborative, co-produced and community engaged activity.  In addition, I wish to undertake inter-disciplinary research collaboration with Scottish based HEIs, local authority agencies and SMEs as well as with international education providers and partners with interests in remote and rural cultures, island studies and critiques of Scottish identity, community and its mediatization.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

External Examiner, University of Stirling

1 Jun 2015Jun 2018

External Examiner, Sheffield Hallam University

1 Sep 20101 Oct 2014


  • HM Sociology
  • Rural Sociology
  • Community
  • Visual studies
  • Heritage
  • Island Studies
  • Scottish Culture
  • Remote Place and Space
  • Cultural Work
  • Creative Industries
  • Creative and Arts Practice
  • Media Studies, Sociology of Media
  • Land use
  • Rural Enterprise
  • Sustainability
  • Representation
  • Narrative
  • Material Culture


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