Dr. Kate Chatfield

Deputy Director of the Centre for Professional Ethics

School of Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB424

+44 (0) 1772 89 3697


Subject Areas: Health, Philosophy, Public Health

Kate Chatfield is the Deputy Director for the Centre for Professional Ethics. As a bioethicist and qualitative researcher, she works on a number of projects including:
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.

REWARD: exploring realistic solutions to the lack of access to medical products and services for underprivileged populations.

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 has recently had an article focussing on the San people of southern Africa published on The Conversation entitled ‘The ethics of research: how to end the exploitation of vulnerable communities'.

Kate has published a further article on The Conversation about ethical standards in animal research entitled ‘Double standards in animal ethics: why is a lab mouse better protected than a cow?’


Chatfield, K. & Morton, D. (2018) The use of non-human primates in research. In: Schroeder, D., Cook, J., Hirsch, F., Fenet, S. & Muthuswamy, V. (eds) (2018) Ethics Dumping - Case Studies from North South Research Collaborations Springer, New York: open access at: http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319647302

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.

Stahl, B.C., Obach, M., Yaghmaei, E., Ikonen, V., Chatfield, K. and Brem, A., 2017. The Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) maturity model: Linking theory and practice. Sustainability, 9(6), p.1036.

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


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy