Kate Spiegelhalter

BA, MSc, PhD

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Research Officer


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Kate joined IES in September 2015, and her research interests centre mainly on the field of health and wellbeing and social inequality within both the public policy and employer/ HR strands. Since joining IES Kate has contributed to research examining the use of mindfulness for organisational change, and several evaluation projects:  of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter for Public Health England; for Mind of their 'Blue Light' programme for workplace wellbeing; for the Social Care Institute for Excellence of the Carers’ Employment project, and for the Health Foundation of the NHS Innovator Accelerator Programme.

Kate is an experienced qualitative researcher, and has carried out observation and semi-structured interviews for IES research into Employment Support Allowance Claimant Trials for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). She has also has experience of analysing quantitative data, and during her doctorate managed the construction, dissemination, and analysis of a survey of over 200 NHS clinicians using SPSS.

Prior to joining IES Kate completed a PhD in the application of mindfulness therapies in the NHS at the University of Sussex, having completed a MSc in Social Policy & Planning (with merit) at the London School of Economics. Her previous work includes roles in policy research/fundraising for a mental health community development charity, as an education link worker and project manager for Rethink offering training courses for adult education teachers on mental health and managing challenging behaviour, as a support worker for people living in supported accommodation, and as an English/life skills tutor.


2011-2015 University of Sussex DPhil Sociology
2010-2011 London School of Economics MSc Social Policy and Planning
2002-2005 University of Sussex BA Anthropology and Development Studies (joint honors)


2013-2014 Course convener and Associate Tutor, Department of Sociology, University of Sussex
2009-2010 Mental Health Community Development Worker (BME), Voluntary Action Camden
2008-2009 Mental Health Education Link Worker, Rethink


Research publications

Articles and chapters

  • Research Design and Ethics: Intersections in Innovation – Mindfulness Therapies, Behavioural Economics and Marginalised Groups, Spiegelhalter K, SAGE Research Methods Cases, 2014
  • Creative approaches to mental health: a critical analysis of the mindfulness agenda in Sussex, Spiegelhalter K, in Richards R and Creek J (Eds) Chronicity, care and complexity. Part 4: Self management, Inter-Disciplinary Press, November 2013
  • Mindfulness, psychosis and the fine tightrope, Spiegelhalter K, in van Moer M, Aşkun Çelik D and Hochheimer J L (Eds) Spirituality in the 21st Century: journeys beyond entrenched boundaries, Inter-Disciplinary Press, February 2013

Conference appearances

  • Facilitator for discussion on working carers, Spiegelhalter K, Northamptonshire Carers conference: Carer-friendly employers, Northamptonshire Carers, Northampton, June 2018
  • Mindfulness in organisational culture, Spiegelhalter K, The Workplace Stress Summit 2017, Mindful Work, Online conference, June 2017
  • How to Create an Effective Approach to Employee Financial Wellbeing - ‘Shaping good choices’, Spiegelhalter K, Brown D, Applied Research Conference, CIPD, London, December 2016
  • Evaluating innovative approaches to supporting carers to remain in employment , Spiegelhalter K, Work and Health, Public Health England, Manchester, March 2016
  • Research Design and Ethics: Intersections in Innovation - Mindfulness Therapies, Behavioural Economics and Marginalised Groups, Spiegelhalter K, London Centre Social Studies (LCSS) Methodology Conference, London School of Economics, London, February 2014
  • Presentation of Doctoral Studies, Spiegelhalter K, A Meaningful Life in a Just Society, University of Humanist Studies, Utrecht, Holland, January 2014
  • Poster presentation of Doctoral studies, Spiegelhalter K, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Research & Development Conference, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, University of Sussex, June 2013
  • Poster presentation of Doctoral studies, Spiegelhalter K, BSA Annual Conference: Engaging Sociology, British Sociological Association, London, April 2013
  • Poster presentation of Doctoral Studies, Spiegelhalter K, Mindfulness in Society - International Scientific Conference, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) , Chester, March 2013
  • Mindfulness and the Fine Tightrope, Spiegelhalter K, Spirituality in the 21st Century, Interdisciplinary.Net conference, Lison, Portugal, March 2013