Dr Kathryn MacKay

Lecturer in Philosophy

Research Overview

I am interested in issues at the intersection of feminist theory, political philosophy, and moral theory. I spent five years working in health promotion policy before completing my PhD, and this experience informs my work. My research focuses on issues related to social justice, truth-telling, social and personal identity, authenticity and agency, and issues at the margins of society. My most recent work has focused on public health promotion campaigns (specifically around obesity), the way that these manipulate the political discourse, and how they undermine and distract from government responsibilities to citizens. I am currently working on authenticity and normative authority in 'agency dilemma' cases, and on health promotion campaigns as propaganda.

Three Challenges for Behavioural Science and Policy: The Empirical, the Normative, and the Political
Lepenies, R., MacKay, K., Quigley, M. 14/08/2018 In: Health Economics, Policy and Law.
Comment/debate

Unintended Consequences or Pre-existing Barriers?: A Commentary on Barnhill and Devine
MacKay, K. 20/07/2018 In: Public Health Ethics. 2 p.
Comment/debate

Exacerbating Inequalities?: Health policy and the behavioural sciences
MacKay, K., Quigley, M. 11/04/2018 In: Health Care Analysis. 18 p.
Journal article

Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioural Economics , edited by I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch and Christopher T. Robertson
MacKay, K. 13/03/2018 In: European Journal of Health Law. 25, 2, 6 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Utility and justice in public health
MacKay, K. 11/12/2017 In: Journal of Public Health.
Journal article

A Feminist Analysis of Anti-Obesity Campaigns: Manipulation, Oppression, and Autonomy
MacKay, K. 11/2017 In: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. 10, 2, p. 61-78. 18 p.
Journal article