Rachael Ironside
Title: Dr
First Name: Rachael
Surname: Ironside
Position: Senior Lecturer/ Course Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 262251

Duties and Responsibilities

Rachael is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader on the BA (Hons) Events Management course. She has previously run her own events business, and has worked in marketing and events for a number of years across the tourism, public and corporate sectors.

Research Interests

Rachael completed her PhD at the University of York with her doctoral research exploring social interaction and extraordinary experiences. Rachael’s current research interests include social interaction, group experience, and the role of supernatural tourism in contemporary society.

Current Research

  • Social interaction and anomalous experiences
  • Supernatural tourism and public engagement with place and history
  • Dark tourism, dark histories and heritage interpretation


Journal articles

  • Ironside, R. & Massie, S. 2020. The folklore-centric gaze: a relational approach to landscape, folklore and tourism. Time and Mind, 13(3), online. doi:  href="">10.1080/1751696X.2020.1809862
  • Ironside, R., 2018. Feeling spirits: sharing subjective paranormal experience through embodied talk and action. Text&Talk, 38 (6), online.
  • Ironside, R., 2017. Discovering strange events in empty spaces: the role of multimodal practice and the interpretation of paranormal events. Journal of Pragmatics, 120, pp. 88-100.
  • Ironside, R., Woofitt, R. and Woods, C., 2015. The transgressive that: making the world uncanny. Discourse Studies, 17 (6), 703-723.

Book chapters

  • Ironside, R., 2018. The Allure of Dark Tourism: Legend-Tripping and Ghost Seeking in Dark Places. The Supernatural in History, Society and Culture. (Edited by Dennis Waskul and Marc Eaton). Philadelphia: Temple University Press. pp 95 -115.

Conference Papers

  • Ironside, R., 2019. 'Seeing' ghosts: Referential practice and experiencing uncanny events together . Presented at International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis (IIEMCA), Manheimm University, Germany. 
  • Ironside, R., 2018. Ghost Seeking in Dark Places: The Allure of Dark Tourism. Presented at Spiritualism and the Supernatural, Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Ironside, R., 2018. Did you feel that? Multimodal interactions and making sense of uncanny events. Presented at 4th Copenhagen Multimodality Day, University of Copenhagen.
  • Ironside, R., 2013. Seeing what is 'unseen': Using video to enrich our social understanding of paranormal experiences. Presented at IUAES2013 World Congress: Evolving humanity, emerging worlds, University of Manchester
  • Ironside, R., 2012. "Knock, knock… who’s there?” Orientating to spirits in the spatial and personal environment. Presented at 4th Exploring the Extraordinary Conference, York.
  • Ironside, R., 2011. Conversing with the dead: Considerations of the collective in modern British paranormal groups. Presented at 3rd Exploring the Extraordinary Conference, York.