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Area of academic expertise - outline

Co-director of the Scottish Centre for Island Studies.

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.

Target collaborative organisations

  • All Scottish HEI’s but most especially the Intercultural Research Centre (IRC), Heriot-Watt University;  Centre for  Rural Creativity, Centre for Nordic studies, Centre for Remote and Rural Studies,  University of the Highlands and Islands;  School of Film and Media, University of Stirling; and Scottish Rural University College (SRUC), for example.


Target collaborative organisations

  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Scottish Gaelic arts and culture agencies and companies;  and remote rural and island local authorities, social and community enterprises, heritage agencies, museums, arts and archives and any SMEs working across remote rural culture, heritage, community, media and sustainability agenda.


Target collaborative organisations

  • North Atlantic and Arctic education and cultural partners including, University of the Lapland and University of the Arctic partners; Island Studies university networks including  University of Prince Edward Island, (UPEI)Canada ; St Francis Xavier, NS, Canada;  and any  small and remote island based education providers and cultural economy SMEs globally.

External positions

External Examiner, University of Stirling

1 Jun 2015 → …

External Examiner, Sheffield Hallam University

1 Sep 20101 Oct 2014

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Research Output 1998 2018

“Shut up for five years”: locating narratives of cultural workers in Scotland's islands

Burnett, K. A. & Stalker, L. H. 1 Apr 2018 In : Sociologia Ruralis. 58, 2, p. 239-257

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Crofting, craft and the place-making praxis of a Hebridean island design enterprise

Burnett, K. 10 Nov 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

cultural identity
social economics

Enterprise and entrepreneurship on islands and remote rural environments

Burnett, K. & Danson, M. 1 Feb 2017 In : International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 18, 1, p. 25-35

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
cultural development
social capital

Place apart: Scotland's north as a cultural industry of margins

Burnett, K. 2017 Relate North: Culture, Community and Communication. Jokela, T. & Coutts, G. (eds.). Rovaniemi: Lapland University Press, p. 60-83

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Sustainable development

Transformation in a changing climate: a research agenda

Fazey, I. , Moug, P. , Allen, S. , Beckmann, K. , Blackwood, D. , Bonaventura, M. , Burnett, K. , Danson, M. , Falconer, R. , Gagnon, A. , Harkness, R. , Hodgson, A. , Holm, L. , Irvine, K. N. , Low, R. , Lyon, C. , Moss, A. , Moran, C. , Naylor, L. , O'Brien, K. & 4 others Russell, S., Skerratt, S., Williams, J. & Wolstenholme, R. 9 Apr 2017 In : Climate and Development.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social science and humanities
social science
social justice


Enterprise and Entrepreneurship on Islands

Kathryn Burnett (Recipient) & Mike Danson (Recipient), Nov 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Cultural values
Social capital

Remote Entrepreneurs: where nowhere is somewhere.

Kathryn Burnett (Recipient) & Mike Danson (Recipient), Nov 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Research policy

Activities 2013 2018

  • 9 Participation in conference
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Types of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

New research agendas for the study of sports media (re)presentation(s) of sportswomen and femininity

McLaughlin, E. (Invited speaker), Burnett, K. (Invited speaker)
12 Oct 2018

Activity: Participation in conference

UWS Annual Teaching, Learning and Research Conference

Burnett, K. (Participant)

Activity: Participation in conference

“Enterprising Culture” Entrepreneurship, Endorsement and Engagement of Minority Language in Europe’s Remote Rural and Small Island Communities.

Burnett, K. (Organiser), Burnett, K. (Chair), Mike Danson (Invited speaker), Bernadette O’Rourke (Invited speaker)
22 Feb 201724 Feb 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

UWS Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2016

Burnett, K. (Participant)
Jun 2016

Activity: Participation in conference


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education statistics

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social media
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cultural heritage
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severe weather