Kate is an empirical ethicist, utilising empirical research methods to develop practical and innovative solutions for addressing complex ethical challenges. She has special interests and expertise in research ethics, international justice, animal ethics, and responsible research and innovation. As well as being a teacher and researcher, Kate is Editor in Chief of the journal Research Ethics (SAGE) and an ethics expert for the European Commission.
Kate's work is focused primarily upon matters of research ethics and ways to enhance ethical standards in research. This includes participation in research projects with a focus upon ethics, developing and delivering research ethics and integrity training, publishing on ethics matters and undertaking ethics reviews for EU projects. As the Deputy Director for the UCLan Research Centre for Global Development, Kate is directly involved in promoting research activities that aim to benefit populations and environments in low-and middle-income countries. Kate also acts as supervisor and mentor for postgraduate students and staff for a range of activities (e.g. research ethics, questionnaire development, interviews, and Delphi studies) as well as being a research degrees tutor in the School of Sport and Health Sciences.
Formerly a Senior Lecturer at UCLan for 15 years, Kate 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. Since moving into the Centre for Professional Ethics, Kate has devoted more time to research including EU-funded projects TRUST and Responsible Research and Innovation. Kate was the deputy lead for the TRUST project which developed a new Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings. This code was subsequently adopted by the European Commission and is now applied in projects all over the world. Kate has also continued to develop online training materials in research ethics, most recently co-authoring two courses for Epigeum, Oxford University Press.
- PhD Bioethics, UClan
- MSc Holistic Approached to Health, Liverpool John Moores University
- BA Philosophy, Leicester University
- Research Ethics
- International Justice
- Animal Ethics
- Responsible Research and Innovation
- Clinical Ethics
- Editor in Chief of journal Research Ethics (SAGE)
- Expert ethics reviewer for EU (Horizon 2020, Marie Curie, SwafS, ERC)
- Expert science reviewer for EU (SwafS)
- Member of Lancashire Integrated Care Partnership Clinical Ethics Committee