School of Social and Political Science

Kath Bassett

Job Title

PhD Title: Digitally-Entangled Touristic Placemaking: Socio-Spatial Platforms, Affective Labour, and Algorithmic Navigation by Cultural Practitioners of Edinburgh’s Harry Potter Tourism Scene

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Mobile telephone number
+44 (0) 749 867 3281

City (Address)

Edinburgh

Country (Address)

UK

Post code (Address)

EH8 9LD

Background

Supervisors: Dr. Kate Orton-Johnson & Dr. Karen Gregory

Kath Bassett is a qualitative sociologist and ethnographer broadly interested in understanding practices, processes, and the ‘heterogeneous materiality’ associated with space and placemaking. Presently she researches these notions as they are digitally entangled and within the context of ‘tourismscapes’ and ‘cityscapes’. Previously, she has conducted research which explores how therapeutic spaces are co-forged and maintained by psychologists and social workers who -- in one project -- work with inmates transitioning out of federal prison, and -- in another project -- work with transgendered clients seeking access to body modifications and surgery.

She has eleven years of qualitative research experience and has conducted fieldwork in the American, British, and Trinidadian contexts. She is comfortable using a wide array of qualitative methods and digital tools to tune into her surroundings and assemble nuanced data. She has worked on research projects both individually and collaboratively, disciplinarily and interdisciplinarily, as well as assembled deliverables for both academic audiences and industry stakeholders.

Qualifications and certifications

University of Amsterdam // Digital Methods Certificate
July 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands, EU
Summer School Theme: Trolls, Bots and Dictators: On the Current State of Social Media Research 
Project #1: Research Personas as Digital Method: Methodological Considerations for Studying the Personalized Internet ['Proxying Slotomania']
Project #2: App (Store) Policy Histories ['The Shifting Governance of App Developers from 2008 to 2019']

University of York /​/ MA Social Research
October 2013 - January 2015, York, England, UK
Dissertation title: ‘Refashioning ‘Rugged Individualism’: Trauma Work and Power in the Re-Entry Therapeutic Encounter'
Supervisor: Dr. Nik Brown

Pacific University /​/ BA Sociology & Gender and Sexuality Studies
August 2008 - September 2012, Forest Grove, Oregon, US
Thesis title: Masculinity and Intimacy Beyond the University Campus
Capstone title: Afro-Trinidadian Masculinity in the Context of Family and Community
Supervisor: Dr. Jaye Cee Whitehead

Publications

Journal Articles
WHITEHEAD, J.C., BASSETT, K., FRANCHINI, L. and IACOLUCCI, M. (2015) ‘The Proof is in the Pudding’: How Mental Health Practitioners View the Power of ‘Sex Hormones’ in the Process of Transition. Feminist Studies, 41(3): 623-650.

Reviews
BASSETT, K. (2018) ‘Book Review: Metagaming’. New Media and Society, 20(6): 2226-2228.

Research experience 

University of Edinburgh / Research Associate
June 2020 - July 2021, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Project: ‘COVID Arcadia: Socio-Material Adaptations and the Role of ‘Digital Affective’ premises in a Pandemic City’ 

Funded by: The Data Driven Innovation Programme & the Scottish Funding Council

Collaborators: Dr. Liz McFall (Edinburgh Futures Institute), Idil Galip, Addie McGowan, and Elif Buse Doyuran

Role & Responsibilities: I was one of three postgraduate researchers who helped to develop this project initially under the guidance of Dr. McFall. I have been responsible for generating digital ethnographic data about small business adaptations during the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic, designing our in depth semi-structured interview schedule for assembling oral histories from small business owners and managers, generating visual data to trace socio-material adaptations during walks through the city, as well as have contributed to the writing up and presenting of our findings to various audiences associated with the University of Edinburgh.

University of Edinburgh / Research Assistant
May 2020 - August 2020, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Project: ‘Platformed fundraising for NHS Charities Together during the Covid-19 pandemic ’

Funded by: Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award in Humanities and Social Sciences

Collaborators: Dr. Ellen Stewart (The Usher Institute, School of Social Studies of Health & Medicine)

Role & Responsibilities: I was brought onto this project in order to help the PI capture (via NCapture) fundraising web pages on JustGiving(.com) and GoFundMe(.com) which were generated during the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before doing so, I did extensive research into the algorithmic infrastructures of these platforms and wrote up a report for the PI to be sure that what she wanted captured could be contextualised properly. Afterwards I also wrote up a section of the methods section on what I had done to gather this data and detailed some of the preliminary observations I had been making along the way which I thought might serve her interest in these data.

Portland State University’s Survey Research Lab / Survey Interviewer & Data Entry Manager
April 2016 - August 2017, Portland, Oregon, US

Selected Projects: 1) ‘Food Generators’ study (City of Portland, Sustainability at Work, Business Compost Program); 2) ‘Winter 2016 Portland Parks’ intercept survey (City of Portland, Portland Parks and Recreation); 3) ‘Oregon Coast Values and Uses’ study (Portland State University); 4) ‘Spring 2017 Portland Parks’ intercept survey (City of Portland, Portland Parks and Recreation); 5) ‘2017 Portland Parks and Recreation’ study (City of Portland, Portland Parks and Recreation); 6) ‘Port Orford Demographic & Income’ survey (City of Port Orford); 7) ‘Summer 2017 Portland Parks’ intercept survey (City of Portland, Portland Parks and Recreation); 8) ‘Food Use and Waste’ Study (National Resource Defence Council, PSU’s Community and Environmental Services); 9) ‘Senior Citizens and Climate Change’ study (National Centre for Atmospheric Research, Arizona State University, The City of Houston Texas, The City of Phoenix Arizona and the City of Los Angeles California); and 10) ‘Trip and Parking Generation’ intercept survey at Orenco Station (University of Utah, Department of City and Metropolitan Planning)

Collaborators: Dr. Debi Elliot, Vicky Mazzone, and Tiffany Conklin

Role & Responsibilities: I was brought into the SRL to assist with the collection of phone and in-person survey data for the SRL’s various clients. This role involved being trained in survey interviewing for a wide array of research projects funded by the City of Portland, the State of Oregon, an array of US universities, and other types of US governmental organisations and bodies. Surveying involved, in most cases, cold calling homes and individuals, and in other cases approaching people in public spaces, and asking if they would be willing to participate in the research project. If they agreed, I would guide them through and enter their responses into the survey software. In some cases, and for on-location projects without tech support, my role would additionally involve manually entering data so that it could be later analysed.

Summa Institute / Education Research Intern
October 2014 - April 2015, Portland, Oregon, US

Project: ‘Parents as Partners’ programme evaluation

Collaborators: Dr. Josette Luvmour

Role & Responsibilities: I was brought onto this project to help the PI analyse both the quantitative and qualitative data generated after an educational support training programme for parents of students at a private Portland primary school. I entered and cleaned the survey data on an excel spreadsheet in order to assemble a dataset which could be descriptively analysed via SPSS by me later on. I also coded and analysed the qualitative data via NVivo. I then wrote up and presented the survey findings to the board of directors of the school.

Pacific University / Research Assistant
August 2010 - August 2012, Forest Grove, Oregon, US

Project: ‘Transgender Clinical Encounter’ project

Collaborators: Dr. Jaye Cee Whitehead (Department of Sociology), Leia Franchini, Michael Iacolucci, Rose Dahl, and Dmitriy Maslenitsyn

Role & Responsibilities: I was brought onto this multi-year, multi-team project to co-develop research projects which used qualitative data which had been assembled by a previous team on the clinical encounter between mental health practitioners and transgender clients seeking access to body modifications and surgery. The first project I was involved with explores how these practitioners view the power of ‘sex hormones’ in the process of transition. Whereas the second project, which involved re-interviewing some of these practitioners, explores the emotional work that these practitioners assist trans clients who are struggling to pass as their desired gender. For both projects I helped to establish the initial research directions, co-assembled the literature reviews, interviewed research participants, transcribed these interviews, coded and analysed the data, and wrote up our findings for conference presentations and journal manuscripts.

Presentations

Seminars + Webinars

MCFALL, L., THORNTON, P., BASSETT, K., GALIP, I. and MCGOWAN, A. (2020) Susceptible, Infectious, Recovery: Tracing responses to the novel coronavirus in the city of Edinburgh [webinar]. Design Informatics Thursday Talk, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

BASSETT, K., COGGINS, T., HUNTER, B., JOSEPH, D., SCOTT, J. and YOUNG, C. (2019) App (Store) Policy Histories: Evolving Policy Definitions & Governed Actors [seminar]. UvA DMI Summer School Research Presentations, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

BASSETT, K., JOSEPH, D. SCOTT, J, and YOUNG, C. (2019) Research Persona as Digital Method: Proxying Personas on Gaming Apps [seminar]. UvA DMI Summer School Research Presentations, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

BASSETT, K. (2012) Intimacy interrupted: navigating masculinity, romantic intimacy, and the instability of the ‘fast-track’ transition to adulthood [seminar]. Senior Capstone Day, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR, US.

BASSETT, K. (2012) Trying to be (emotionally) present, trying to be different: forging Afro-Trinidadian masculine selves in the context of transnational family life [presentation]. Gender and Sexuality Studies Capstone Presentations, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR, US.

Conferences

BASSETT, K (2019) The (digitally augmented) world of Harry Potter in Edinburgh: Methodological considerations for studying mediated popular culture tourism in the age of the geoweb [themed session]. British Sociological Association 2019 Annual Meeting. Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

BASSETT, K (2019) The (digitally augmented) world of Harry Potter in Edinburgh: Methodological considerations for studying mediated popular culture tourism in the age of the geoweb [themed session]. Pacific Sociological Association 2019 Annual Meeting. Oakland, CA, US.

BASSETT, K. (2018) The (digitally augmented) world of Harry Potter in Edinburgh: Preparing to research mediated pop-culture tourism and mobile, location-based gaming [themed session]. New Directions 2018 Annual Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

BASSETT, K. (2018) Out of the living room and onto the streets: A sociological reflection on the media attention surrounding the release of Pokemon Go [themed session]. British Sociological Association 2018 Annual Meeting, Newcastle, England, UK.

BASSETT, K. (2015) Refashioning ‘rugged individualism’: emotions, trauma work, and ‘pastoral power’ in the re-entry therapeutic encounter [themed session]. Pacific Sociological Association 2015 Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, US.

BASSETT, K. (2014) Emotion Work in the Therapeutic Encounter between Mental Health Practitioners and Individuals Transitioning out of Prison [themed session], Access and Opportunity Postgraduate Conference, York, England, UK.

BASSETT, K. (2014) The ‘Therapeutic Container’: Trauma and Emotion Management in the Therapeutic Encounter between Mental Health Practitioners and Individuals Transitioning out of Prison [themed session]. British Sociological Association 2014 Annual Meeting, Leeds, England, UK.

BASSETT, K. and MASLENITSYN, D. (2013) Gender Performativity, Emotions, and Normative Power in the Trans-Clinical Encounter [themed session]. The Fifth Christina Conference on Gender Studies; Feminist Thought—Politics of Concepts, Helsinki, Finland.

WHITEHEAD, J.C., BASSETT, K., DAHL, R. and MASLENITSYN, D. (2012) ‘Transition is the Hero’s Journey’: Trans Emotional Narratives in the Process of Gender Transition [poster session]. Pacific University Undergraduate Research Conference, Forest Grove, OR, US.

WHITEHEAD, J.C., BASSETT, K., DAHL, R. and MASLENITSYN, D. (2012) ‘Transition is the Hero’s Journey’: Trans Emotional Narratives in the Process of Gender Transition [regular session]. Pacific University Summer Research Conference, Forest Grove, OR, US.

WHITEHEAD, J.C., BASSETT, K., DAHL, R. and MASLENITSYN, D. (2012) Just Fit in or Subvert the Norm? Considering Gender Norm Resocialization in the Clinical Encounter Between Professional Counselors and Transgender Clients [themed session]. Pacific Sociological Association 2012 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, US.

WHITEHEAD, J.C., BASSETT, K., DAHL, R. and MASLENITSYN, D. (2011) Just Fit in or Subvert the Norm? Considering Gender Norm Resocialization in the Clinical Encounter Between Professional Counselors and Transgender Clients [poster session]. Pacific University Undergraduate Conference. Forest Grove, OR, US.

WHITEHEAD, J.C., BASSETT, K., DAHL, R. and MASLENITSYN, D. (2011) Mental Health Practitioners as Agents of Gender Re-socialization [regular session]. Pacific University Summer Research Conference. Forest Grove, OR, US.

WHITEHEAD, J.C., BASSETT, K., FRANCHINI, L. and IACOLUCCI, M. (2011) ‘Gender Prophets’: Clinical practitioners and hormones in the process of diagnosing and restoring fragmented gender identities [themed session]. Pacific Sociological Association 2011 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, US.

Guest Lectures

BASSETT, K. (2020) Introduction to Sociology of Gender & Sexuality for (Budding) Digital Sociologists [guest lecture]. Themes and Issues in Digital Society, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

BASSETT, K. (2020) Introduction to Sociology of Race and Ethnicity for (Budding) Digital Sociologists [guest lecture]. Themes and Issues in Digital Society, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

BASSETT, K. (2012) Mapping the Intersections; Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality [guest lecture]. Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR, US.

BASSETT, K. (2010) Introduction to Discussing Sex, Gender, and Sexuality [guest lecture]. First Year Seminar Class, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR, US.

Teaching experience

University of Edinburgh / Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (‘Tutor’) & Guest Lecturer in Digital Sociology
September 2020 - May 2021, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Courses: Issues and Concepts in Digital Society (PGSP11466) and Researching Digital Life (PGSP11469)

University of Edinburgh / Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (‘Tutor’) in Sociology
January 2018 - May 2020, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Courses: The Sociological Imagination: Individuals & Society (SCIL08004); The Sociological Imagination: Private Troubles and Public Problems (SCIL08005); Digital Culture (SCIL10079); and Sociology of Emotions (SCIL10072)

Pacific University / Adjunct Lecturer of Sociology
January 2015 - May 2017, Forest Grove, Oregon, US

Courses: Social Problems (SOC 102); Inequality in America (SOC 155);  Internet & Society (SOC 255)

Pacific University / Substitute Lecturer of Sociology
November 2011 - November 2014, Forest Grove, Oregon, US

Courses: Social Problems (SOC 102); Gender & Sexuality (SOC 217); Social Theory (SOC 414)

Pacific University / Teaching Assistant (‘Mentor’) & Guest Lecturer
August 2010 - May 2012, Forest Grove, Oregon, US

Courses: First Year Seminar (HUM 122); Intro to Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSS 201)

Research interests

Research interests

Digital Sociology, Locative Media, Mobilities, Affect and Emotions, Qualitative Research, Space and Place, New Media Ontologies, Power and Subjectivation, Algorithmic Culture, Queer Theory, work and labour, digital labour, Geoweb,tourism

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