Dr. Kate Chatfield

Course Leader MSc Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB323

+44 (0) 1772 89 3697

Subject Areas: Health, Philosophy, Public Health

Kate Chatfield is the course leader for MSc Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing, addressing the urgent need to confront sustainability issues related to health and healthcare provision.

She is also currently working as a bioethicist and qualitative researcher on two major EU projects:

TRUST: investigating the purposeful exploitation of low and middle income country participants for research purposes.

Responsible-Industry: exploring how private corporations can conduct their research and innovation activities responsibly.

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

Full Profile

Kate Chatfield has a background in philosophy (BA) and holistic healthcare provision (MSc) and has a PhD in bioethics. She has been teaching postgraduate students at UCLan, via e-learning courses, since 2006 and is responsible for a variety of online modules such as ‘Health and Wellbeing’, ‘Introduction to Postgraduate Research’ and ‘Applying Methods in Health Research’.

As well as teaching, Kate is also working as a researcher with two large, multi-centred, EU projects addressing bioethical challenges: TRUST and Responsible Industry.

For her PhD, Kate analysed ethical challenges posed by the use of traditional and complementary medicines. This involved analysis of the impacts upon animals and the environment as well as people living in both high income, and low and middle income countries.
A concern for the health and wellbeing of both current and future generations is the driving force behind most of Kate’s teaching and research interests.

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.


Responsible Industry


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Kate's Researchgate



Chatfield, K., 2015. Alternative Medicine. In Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics (pp. 1-14). Springer International Publishing.

Milgrom, L.R. and Chatfield, K., 2014. ‘“IT'S THE CONSULTATION, STUPID!”… ISN'T IT?’ Complementarity and the shortcomings of RCTs. Homeopathy, 103(1), pp.88-89.

Kessler, U. and Chatfield, K., 2014. Can quality in Professional Education and Training be characterised by three opposing pairs of core categories? Findings from a qualitative, single case study of the education quality at a small private complementary medicine college in Switzerland. Homeopathy, 103(1), p.86.

Milgrom, L. and Chatfield, K., 2012. Is homeopathy really ‘morally and ethically unacceptable’? A critique of pure scientism. Bioethics, 26(9), pp.501-503.



Course Leader MSc Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing.

Teaching across a range of modules, primarily research methods and research ethics, health and wellbeing.

Supervising many postgraduate research projects.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy