Her particular areas of expertise are: leadership and professional development, arts and cultural management; arts education and cultural learning; audience development and community engagement; cultural heritage management; World Heritage Site management.
With a background as a performer and arts manager, Kristin has over twenty-five years experience in the arts and cultural sector in both Canada and the UK.
Kristin's love of the arts has always dovetailed with a keen interest and expertise in literature and history. As a cultural historian she specialises in:
- Cultural and social history of the 18th and 19th centuries
- History of gender equality, feminism and women's activism since the 18th century
- Relationship between the rise of consumer society and social reform movements, particularly in relation to cultures of drinking and the temperance movement since the late 18th century.
Having created the undergraduate Heritage programme in 2009, the MA in Arts Management in 2013, and most recently the MBA Leadership in 2018, Kristin specialises in courses that are built on a foundation of strong sector engagement, both in terms of the curriculum, and also through work-based learning opportunities that enable students to develop and expand their own professional networks, bridging the gaps between theoretical understanding, practice-based experience, and professional development.
A key component of Kristin’s work over the past few years at Bath Spa University has been her commitment to interdisciplinary approaches to global citizenship and the importance of international engagement for both students and staff. Kristin is a founding member of the Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA), created by Bath Spa University in 2014 to explore the relationships between creativity, social engagement and the liberal arts in international contexts.
Together with Joshua Goode (Associate Professor in Cultural Studies and History at Claremont Graduate University – a GALA partner institution) and Alison Hems (Head of the School of Humanities at Bath Spa University), Kristin created and leads on the annual GALA postgraduate student exchange project, ‘Culture, heritage and the arts: interpretation, practice and policy in an international context’. Learning together on site at cultural heritage and arts organisations in the UK (Bath, Bristol, Oxford and London) and the US (Claremont, Los Angeles and the wider LA County area), students and staff from both universities have the opportunity to gain an international perspective of current practice in curating the past, cultural heritage interpretation, and arts and cultural management.
Kristin represents the University on the Holburne Museum's Higher Education Partnership Group, and on the City of Bath World Heritage Site Advisory Group, and was a trustee for Bath Preservation Trust and member of their Museums and Education Committee from 2014-2018. She continues to work across the university supporting cultural partnerships with other organisations such as Bath Festivals, Theatre Royal and the egg, Music Workshop, etc.
Over many years now Kristin has been involved in a number of key cultural heritage projects in Bath. She regularly works with organisations at the early stage of project development to help embed student opportunities into activity plans for funding applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.
With Bath Spa undergraduate and postgraduate students, projects she has been involved include:
- Royal Crescent 250 with Bath Preservation Trust and No 1 Royal Crescent
- Capability Brown 300
- The Archway Project with the Roman Baths and Bath and North East Somerset Heritage Services
- Bath Abbey Footprint Project
- 'Small Worlds: an Exhibition of Dolls’ Houses from the 18th & 19th Centuries’ project with No 1 Royal Crescent
- The Beau Street Hoard project with the Roman Baths
- The Whole Story redevelopment project with No 1 Royal Crescent
- "Creating Voices" oral history project with Bath Abbey
- The Holburne Museum redevelopment project
Kristin was a Staff Governor for the University from 2014-2018, and is involved across the University in intiatives to enhance postgraduate student experience, international student experience, and student professional development.
- PhD in History, University of Sussex
- MA in English Literature (Literary Criticism and Cultural Discourse), University of Sussex
- BA Hons in English Literature, Loughborough University
- Postgraduate Diploma in Drama, Drama Studio London
- Diploma in Musical Theatre, Sheridan College, Oakville Ontario
- Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE)
- Museums Association UK
- Cultural Learning Alliance
- World Heritage UK
- South West Federation of Museums and Galleries
- Bath and North East Somerset Museums Group
- Cultural Forum for Bath Area
Research and academic outputs
Equal questions: the 'woman question' and the 'drink question' in the writings of Clara Lucas Balfour, 1808-1878
Doern, K (2002) 'Equal questions: the 'woman question' and the 'drink question' in the writings of Clara Lucas Balfour, 1808-1878.' In: Morgan, S, ed. Women, Religion and Feminism in Britain, 1750-1900. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 159-176. ISBN 9780333993071
Doern, K (2013) City Stories: interpreting Georgian Bath for local to global audiences. In: Sharing our natural and cultural heritage: interpretation can make us citizens of the world, 15-18 June 2013, Sigtuna, Sweden.
Doern, K (2012) Interpretation challenges, strategies and opportunities in a World Heritage City. In: Understanding Each Other's Heritage - Challenges for Heritage Communication in a Globalized World. International Symposium and Workshop, 19-21 July 2012, Brandenburgische Technische Universität, Cottbus, Germany.
The City of Bath World Heritage Site: interpreting heritage for the local, the regional and the global
Doern, K (2010) The City of Bath World Heritage Site: interpreting heritage for the local, the regional and the global. In: World Heritage and Tourism: Managing for the Global and the Local, 3-4 June 2010, Quebec City, Canada.
Doern, K (2010) Embedding employability in History and Heritage at Bath Spa University. In: Employability in the Curriculum; Beyond the Bolt-On? Conference, 22-23 June 2010, University of Central Lancashire’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (ceth). Preston, UK.
Doern, K (2010) The City of Bath, museums and heritage students: a case study in HE/Museum sector collaboration. In: Learning at the Interface Conference, July 2010, The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design, Brighton, UK.
Doern, K (2005) Drinking - a gendered vice in mid-Victorian women's fiction. In: Women, Art and Culture: Historical Perspectives 14th Conference of Women's History Network (UK), 2-4 September 2005, Southampton, UK.
Doern, K (2005) The whole hog: women, religion and temperance. In: West of England and South Wales Women's History Network Conference - Women, Faith and Spirituality, 25 June 2005, University of Glamorgan, UK.
Glen, N and Doern, K (2014) Bath Spa University - developing an interactive visitors app [web page]. Jisc mobile learning guide.