Dr. Kate Chatfield

Deputy Director of the Centre for Professional Ethics

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB424

+44 (0) 1772 89 3697


Subject Areas: Health, Philosophy, Public Health

Kate Chatfield is a bioethicist and qualitative researcher, specialising in topics related to research ethics, and responsible research and innovation.

Kate is a part of the Centre for Professional Ethics Research Group

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Kate Chatfield has a background in philosophy (BA), holistic healthcare provision (MSc) and bioethics (PhD) and works as a bioethicist and qualitative researcher with the Centre for Professional Ethics.

Formerly a Senior Lecturer at UCLan for 15 years, she was at the forefront of university developments in e-learning, creating innovative postgraduate courses that enabled communal learning for groups of students from all over the world. This work included the writing and development of cross-disciplinary modules in research methods, research ethics and critical thinking that had transnational applicability.

Kate also acts as supervisor and social science mentor for postgraduate students and staff for a range of activities (e.g. research ethics, interviews, focus groups and Delphi studies). Her main areas of interest in research are global research ethics (including animal rights in research) and responsible research and innovation. 

Kate recently had two articles published in The Conversation: The ethics of research: how to end the exploitation of vulnerable communities and ‘Double standards in animal ethics: why is a lab mouse better protected than a cow?’ as well as blogs published by Times Higher Education, Royal Society for Public Health, and Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics.


Doris Schroeder, Kate Chatfield, Michelle Singh, Roger Chennells, Peter Herissone-Kelly (2019) Equitable Research Partnerships - A Global Code of Conduct to Counter Ethics Dumping, Springer, New York

Kate Chatfield (2018) Traditional and Complementary Medicines: Are they Ethical for Humans, Animals and the Environment, Springer, Cham

Chatfield, K., Iatridis, K., Stahl, B.C. and Paspallis, N., 2017. Innovating responsibly in ICT for ageing: drivers, obstacles and implementation. Sustainability, 9(6), p.971.

Chatfield, K., Borsella, E., Mantovani, E., Porcari, A. and Stahl, B.C., 2017. An Investigation into Risk Perception in the ICT Industry as a Core Component of Responsible Research and Innovation. Sustainability, 9(8), p.1424.

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Research Activities

Bioethicist and qualitative researcher with a particular interest in sustainability, equity and equality in healthcare; holistic approaches to health and wellbeing; ethical challenges in health care and research; animal welfare and animal rights.

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Postgraduate research methods and research ethics modules as well as supervision of postgraduate research projects.


Kate presents regularly at conferences

External Activities

  • Co-Developer and Co-Author of Ethical Research. Epigeum, Oxford University Press, with Prof Doris Schroeder
  • Expert ethics reviewer for the European Commission (H2020 & ERC)
  • Expert scientific reviewer for the European Commission (H2020)