Dr Kathryn MacKay

Lecturer in Philosophy

Research Overview

At the heart of my research lies the question, ‘who gets to make which kinds of decisions for whom?’ Pursuit of this question has led me to investigations about the nature of power, autonomy, authenticity, social justice, public dialogue, and the functioning of political institutions. My work is centered around issues at the intersection of feminist theory, political thought, and moral theory. I am particularly interested in issues related to health, identity, and agency. I am currently working on authenticity and normative authority in 'agency dilemma' cases, on the role of mothers in achieving the aims of health promotion, and the impact of 'behavioural policies' on diverse societies. I have an ongoing interest in the nature of compassion and its possibilities for moral thought.

Exacerbating Inequalities?: Health policy and the behavioural sciences
MacKay, K., Quigley, M. 12/2018 In: Health Care Analysis. 26, 4, p. 380-397. 18 p.
Journal article

Unintended Consequences or Pre-existing Barriers?: A Commentary on Barnhill and Devine
MacKay, K. 1/11/2018 In: Public Health Ethics. 11, 3, 2 p.
Comment/debate

Three Challenges for Behavioural Science and Policy: The Empirical, the Normative, and the Political
Lepenies, R., MacKay, K., Quigley, M. 11/2018 In: Behavioural Public Policy. 2, 2, 9 p.
Comment/debate

Utility and justice in public health
MacKay, K. 1/09/2018 In: Journal of Public Health. 40, 3, p. e413-e418. 6 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

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