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Dr Rhyddhi Chakraborty

Senior Lecturer
Faculty:
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School:
School of Allied Health and Social Care
Location:
Chelmsford
Research Supervision:
Yes

Dr Rhyddhi Chakraborty is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Leadership. An experienced bioethicist and educator with a demonstrated history of over 19 years of teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level, Rhyddhi has published more than 50 research articles as book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles, reviews, case studies, and conference proceedings. She also works as peer reviewer for many reputed journals. Rhyddhi is always open to creative consultations.

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Background

Rhyddhi is trained in healthcare management and philosophical bioethics, and holds a PhD (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India), MPhil (University of Calcutta, India), MA (Banaras Hindu University, India) and MSc (ARU). She is a Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA), the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Royal Society of Public Health.

Before joining ARU as a faculty member, she worked as a curriculum developer and programme leader of health and social care at various UK HEIs. She successfully completed the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) Global Health Exchange (GHE)-India Project on Curriculum Development of Professionalism and Medical Ethics in 2015-2016. She acted as a group leader, developing curriculum and content on ethics in beginning and end of life care.

Rhyddhi's objective is to inspire and empower her students and colleagues while also contributing to the improvement of knowledge and practise in bioethics, healthcare management, and health and social care in general. In previous HEI roles, she has successfully organised Cultural Week and Mental Health Awareness Day activities. Her urge to work for climate action provoked her to volunteer for Peak District National Park, Sheffield, and look after the surrounding nature through Peakwise Mosaic initiatives.

She continues to increase her social impact by working and getting involved with people with differential abilities. She cherishes the opportunity to engage and interact with different people and help them in meeting their equitable needs. She efficiently combines her natural interpersonal skills with the analytical approach that her educational background has instilled in her.

Among her other professional activities, Rhyddhi is a member of different global research associations and act as the editorial board member and reviewer of different peer-reviewed journals as listed below.

Spoken Languages
  • Bengali
  • English
  • Hindi
Research interests

Broad interests:

  • Applied ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Public health ethics
  • Healthcare ethics
  • Healthcare management
  • Leadership and ethics

Specific interests:

  • Pandemic planning and ethics
  • Health inequity
  • Infectious disease ethics
  • Social determinants of health
  • Climate change and health
  • Health policy and planning
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Areas of research supervision

Rhyddhi currently supervises research projects in healthcare management.

Teaching
  • Postgraduate Research Design
  • Postgraduate Major Project
  • Advanced Professional Decision Making
  • Organisational Transformation
Qualifications
  • L3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievements (CAVA) (Pearson, UK)
  • Fellow, Advance HE (FHEA) (UK)
  • L3 Award in Education and Training (City and Guilds, UK)
  • MSc in Healthcare Management (Anglia Ruskin University, UK)
  • PhD in Philosophical Bioethics (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India). Read Rhyddhi's PhD thesis or read the abstract for Rhyddhi's PhD thesis.
  • MPhil in Environmental Ethics (University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India)
  • MA in Philosophy (Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India)
  • BA in Philosophy (Presidency College, Kolkata, India)
Memberships, editorial boards
Memberships
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Public Health, London
  • Fellow, The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), London
  • Member, The Royal Institute of Philosophy, London
  • Member, Society for Education and Training
  • Member, Human Development, and Capability Association (HDCA) Thematic Group
  • Life Member, Bangladesh Bioethics Society (BBS)
  • Member, International Association of Bioethics (IAB)
  • Member, Asian Bioethics Association (ABA)
  • Member, Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health (IASSH)
Reviewing and editorial duties
  • 2024: Reviewer for Health Expectations, Wiley
  • 2023: Reviewer for Bulletin of World Health Organization, Environment, Development, and Sustainability (Springer Nature), PLOS One
  • 2021-2022: Reviewer for Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics
  • 2020-2021: Guest Editor, Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics
  • 2020: Reviewer for Bulletin of World Health Organization; Developing World Bioethics
  • 2019: Reviewer for PLOS One
  • 2018: Reviewer for British Medical Journal, International Journal of Perceptions in Public Health, United Kingdom; Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics
  • 2017: Reviewer for British Medical Journal; Bulletin of World Health Organization; Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics
  • 2016-present: Editorial Board Member, EUBIOS Journal of Asian and International Bioethics
  • 2016: Reviewer for Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics Special Issue on Animal Ethics
  • 2016: Reviewer for Routledge/Taylor and Francis
  • 2015: Reviewer for Bulletin of World Health Organization
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
Grants/funding
  • 2024: World Health Organisation Kobe Centre for Health Development (WKC-HEDRM-K21001) funded the study on the systematic review on triage
  • 2014: AICTE/MHRD Institute grant to travel and participate in 12th World Congress of Bioethics, Mexico City
  • 2010: World Congress of Bioethics Secretariat grant to travel and participate 10th World Congress of Bioethics in Singapore
Scholarships
  • 2010-2012: AICTE/MHRD Senior Research Fellowship, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  • 2008-2010: AICTE/MHRD Junior Research Fellowship, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Awards
  • 2019: Best Lecturer in Health and Social Care, London Churchill College, London, UK
  • 2011: Bhavananda Datta Memorial Essay Competition on the Environmental Awareness in Systems of Indian Philosophy in 86th Session of Indian Philosophical Congress
Selected recent publications
Book chapters

Chakraborty, R. (2023) 'Rethinking Public Health Ethics During COVID19 in Indian Context'. In: Silver Jubilee Celebration Publication of Derozio Memorial College, Kolkata. Kolkata: Enova Publications, pp. 124-131.

Chakraborty, R. and Ghosh, S. (2023) 'Impact of COVID-19 on Food Value Chain and the Need of Ethical Safeguarding of Farmers: A Perspective from India'. In: Waller, A. R. and Macer, D. R. J. (Eds.) (2023) Planetary Health. New Zealand: Eubios Ethics Institute, pp. 251-260.

Chakraborty, R. and Macer, D. (2023) 'Culling, Relational Decision Making, and Capabilities: A Perspective from India'. In: Waller, A. R. and Macer, D. R. J. (Eds.) (2023) Planetary Health. New Zealand: Eubios Ethics Institute, pp. 273-287.

Chakraborty, R. and Ghosh, S. (2021) 'Urban Health and e- Governance in India'. In: Fernandes, E. and Grewal, I. (Eds.) (2021) Urban Health, Emerging Public Health Perspectives. Mangalore: Global South Strategies, pp. 113-119.

Chakraborty, R. (2019) 'Education as a Means to Freedom'. In: Macer, D. R. J. (Ed.) (2019) Legacies of Love, Peace and Hope: How Education can overcome Hatred and Divide. New Zealand: Eubios Ethics Institute, pp. 141-146.

Chakraborty, R. and Chakraborti, C. (2018) 'India, Health Inequities, and a Fair Health Care Provision: A Perspective from Health Capability'. In: Mitra, S. and Ruger, J. P. (Eds.) (2018) Health, Disability, and Capability Approach. London: Routledge, pp. 94-107.

Chakraborty, R. (2016) 'Epidemics'. In: ten Have, H. (Ed.) (2016) Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. Cham: Springer, pp.1130-1141.

Chakraborty, R. and Chakraborti, C. (2013) 'Social Determinants of Health and the Need for Inclusion of Social Justice in Indian Influenza Pandemic Plan', 10th Conference Volume of Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health (IASSH), Chapter 7, pp. 111-135.

Journal articles

Chakraborty, R., and Achour, N. (2024) 'Setting Up a Just and Fair ICU Triage Process during a Pandemic: A Systematic Review', Healthcare, 12(2), pp. 146. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare12020146

Humphreys, R., Chakraborty, R. and Varghese, N. (2022) 'Ethics, zoonoses, and human-nonhuman conflict: Covid-19 and beyond', Ethics Sci Environ Polit 22, pp. 69-74. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00203

Kabir, R., Chakraborty, R., Vinnakota, D. and Siddika, N. (2021) 'Intimate Partner Violence constrains timely utilization of antenatal care services among Armenian women: Results from a nationally representative sample', International Journal of Critical Illness & Injury Science 11(4), pp. 209-214.

Chakraborty, R. (2021) 'A Reflection on Life in the United Kingdom during COVID 19', Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics, 31(2), pp. 106-109.

Ghotbi, N., Lofredo, M. P. P., do Céu Patrão Neves, M., D’Astous, M., Chakraborty, R., Bilir, E., Arawi, T., Weisheit, A., Erbay, H., Singh Rai, J., Cutter, A. M., Ben Aziz, M. and Macer, D. R. J. (2020) 'Ethical guidelines for COVID-19 triage management', Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics, 30(6), pp. 201-207.

Wang, S., Munsur Hussain, A., Chakraborty, R., Haque, M. (2019) 'The impact of Collaborative Learning on HND Students', Journal of Contemporary Development and Management Studies, 7(1), pp. 15-26.

Chakraborty, R. and Fernandes, E. (2017) 'ZIKA Virus Disease as Public Health Emergency and Ethics', Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics, 8(2), pp. 11-18.

Chakraborty, R. (2017) 'Issues of Water in India and the Health Capability Paradigm', Journal of Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, 17(1), pp. 41–50.

Chakraborty, R. (2017) 'Animal Ethics and India: Understanding the Connection through Capabilities Approach', Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics, 8(1), pp. 33-43.

Chakraborty, R. (2016) 'Consideration of Health Capability Paradigm to Ensure Equitable Protection through Indian National Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention Program', Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics, 26(1), pp. 18-26.

Chakraborty, R. and Chakraborti, C. (2015) 'India, Health Inequities, and a Fair Health Care Provision: A Perspective from Health Capability', Health and Disability, Special Issue, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal for People-Centered Development, 16(4), pp. 567-580. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/19452829.2015.1105201

Chakraborty, R. and Chakraborti, C. (2015) 'Pandemic Influenza Planning and Response in India, 1949-2009', Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics, 25(1), pp. 7-13.

Chakraborti, C. and Chakraborty, R. (2011) 'Ethical Language Usage in Pandemic Plans: A Study on Pandemic Plans of Some South Asian Countries', Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics, 21(4), pp. 118-129.

Chakraborti, C. and Chakraborty, R. (2009) 'Do The Developing Countries with High Disease Burdens Need to Take a More Active Role in Defining Health and Disease?' Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics, 19(4), pp. 121-126.

Commentaries

Chakraborty, R. (2018) 'Bioethical Perspective of Charlie Gard Case', International Journal of Perceptions in Public Health, 2(1), pp. 1-5.

Chakraborty, R. (2016) Short commentary on Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar Financial Challenges for the NHS and priorities for NHS improvement, 9 June 2016, Glaziers Hall, London, United Kingdom.

Case study

Chakraborty, R. (2018) Lesson from Bhopal Gas Tragedy (1983-84), featured article and case study, The Ethical Engineer, Texas Tech University.

Recent presentations and conferences

Chakraborty, R. (2024) 'Impact of Covid-19 on Gender: A Cross Country Study', plenary talk for Gendered Societies: Multidimensional Perspectives and Changing Patterns International Conference, East Kolkata (Calcutta) Girls’ College, Kolkata, India, 21-22 March.

Chakraborty, R. (2019) 'Rethinking Impact of Water on Women’s Health and Capability in India', Indigenous People Thematic Panel Session on Water and Well-Being: Challenges of the Capability Approach to Dialogue with Indigenous Cultures, Human Development and Capability Association Annual Conference, London, September.

Chakraborty, R. (2019) 'Culling, Relational Decision Making, and Capabilities: A Perspective from India', Development Ethics Thematic Panel Session on Alliance Approach, Connecting Capabilities, and Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences: A Relational Perspective, Human Development and Capability Association Annual Conference, London, September.

Chakraborty, R. (2019) 'Ethics in Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan: A Perspective from Social Justice', Health Inequity Series, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK, March.