2020 applicants

Dr Caroline Barratt

School of Health and Social Care
Dr Caroline Barratt
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    +44 (0) 1206 873832

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    2S2.5.09, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Wednesday 12-1pm



In 2009 Caroline completed her PhD which explored the experience of risk and vulnerability amongst fisherfolk on Lake Victoria, Uganda. Her research covered topics such as resource sustainability, health and gender. During her PhD Caroline used and taught Biographic-Narrative-Interpretive Method (BNIM), a form of biographic research, with Tom Wengraf in London and at Queens University, Belfast. This established an interest in qualitative research and narrative research in particular. In 2010 Caroline worked with the University of Essex and Tendring District Council on a two year project exploring the issue of mental health amongst residents of Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO). Her recent research has been on the experiences and well-being of Care Leavers with Dr Peter Appleton. Caroline has worked as a Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care since 2012. She is now Programme Lead for the MSc Health Research and CPD Lead for the department. She teaches on a range of modules including undergraduate, post-graduate and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. Over her time in higher education Caroline has become interested in pedagogy, student well-being and inclusivity. She has trained as a mindfulness teacher, building on over 15 years of meditation experience and now leads mindfulness workshops for students and staff. In 2014 she set up the Contemplative Pedagogy Network to support and encourage teachers and lecturers who are interested in incorporating contemplative practice into their teaching and is interested in developing research in this area.


  • BSc, MRes, PhD in International Development

  • School of International Development, University of East Anglia.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Mental health

Open to supervise

Qualitative research methods

Open to supervise

Current research

Contemplative pedagogy


Children in care and care leavers

Critical pedagogy

Well-being in higher education

Conferences and presentations

Contemplative pedagogy and the quest for meaning and transformation in higher education

Invited presentation, Symposium on Pedagogies of Mindfulness, Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 25/1/2018

Transforming students, changing the world: The role of contemplative pedagogy in creating and supporting the change makers of the future

Higher Education Authority Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, 5/7/2017

Exploring the potential of contemplative pedagogy in higher education

Invited presentation, Mindfulness in Education, Eichstätt, Germany, 25/7/2016

Barratt, C. Telling students to be compassionate isn't enough: exploring the role of mindfulness, contemplation and compassion in higher education. Warwick Medical School, Warwick Medical School Mindfulness Society Seminar Series. 14th January 2016.

Coventry, United Kingdom, 2016

Barratt, C. and L. Andrews. Evaluating the Impact of Developing as a Compassionate Practitioner: an Innovative Course for Health Professionals. Royal College of Nursing Education Forum National Conference and Exhibition, Telford. March 15th 2016

Telford, United Kingdom, 2016

Barratt, C. What does Contemplative Pedagogy mean for us as Teachers? Contemplation in the classroom: An exploration of contemplative pedagogy in higher & further education 12th-14th June 2015, Emerson College, UK.

Forest Row, United Kingdom, 2015

Barrattc, C. Mental health and houses in multiple occupation: the challenge of finding practical solutions Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Housing and Health Conference. London. April 2013.

London, United Kingdom, 2013

Barratt, C., Green, G. and E. Speed Understanding the relationship between housing and mental health through the experience of bedsit residents in a seaside town. How is the Housing System Coping? Housing Studies Association Conference, University of York. April 2012.

York, United Kingdom, 2012

Barratt, C., Green, G. and E. Speed Exploring the relationship between mental health and housing amongst residents of bedsit accommodation in a seaside town. Joint Empirical Social Sciences Seminar Series, University of Essex. 14th December 2011.

Colchester, United Kingdom, 2011

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Mindfulness, self-compassion and compassionate care (HS613)

  • Research Design and Critical Appraisal (HS900)

  • Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation (HS908)

  • Believing is Seeing. The power of belief and suggestion on the mind and brain (PS508)

  • Mastering occupation (HS895)

Previous supervision

Louise Avis Wright
Louise Avis Wright
Thesis title: An Evaluation of a School-Based Intervention to Reduce Risk Behaviour in Adolescents
Degree subject: Applied Psychology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 27/4/2020
Stacy Earl
Stacy Earl
Thesis title: An Exploration of How Mental Health Service Users' Construct Meaning From the Work Capability Assessment Process - Using Foucauldian Discourse Analysis
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Awarded date: 31/3/2016


Journal articles (16)

Barratt, C., Appleton, P. and Pearson, M., (2019). Exploring internal conversations to understand the experience of young adults transitioning out of care. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-17

Barratt, C., (2018). Developing resilience: the role of nurses, healthcare teams and organisations.. Nursing Standard. 33 (7), 43-49

Barratt, C., (2017). Exploring how mindfulness and self-compassion can enhance compassionate care. Nursing Standard. 31 (21), 55-63

Barratt, C. and Green, G., (2017). Making a House in Multiple Occupation a Home: Using Visual Ethnography to Explore Issues of Identity and Well-Being in the Experience of Creating a Home Amongst HMO Tenants. Sociological Research Online. 22 (1), 1-18

Cox, P., Barratt, C., Blumenfeld, F., Rahemtulla, Z., Taggart, D. and Turton, J., (2017). Reducing recurrent care proceedings: initial evidence from new interventions. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 39 (3), 332-349

Green, G., Barratt, C. and Wiltshire, M., (2016). Control and care: landlords and the governance of vulnerable tenants in houses in multiple occupation. Housing Studies. 31 (3), 269-286

Barratt, C., (2016). Exploring the potential of contemplative pedagogy in health professional education. Focus on Health Professional Education. 17 (2), 20-31

Barratt, C., (2016). Exploring the potential of contemplative pedagogy in health professional education. Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-Professional Journal. 17 (2), 20-31

Barratt, C., Seeley, J. and Allison, EH., (2015). Lacking the Means or the Motivation? Exploring the Experience of Community-Based Resource Management Among Fisherfolk on Lake Victoria, Uganda. The European Journal of Development Research. 27 (2), 257-272

Barratt, C., Green, G. and Speed, E., (2015). Mental health and houses in multiple occupation. Journal of Public Mental Health. 14 (2), 107-117

Barratt, C. and Allison, EH., (2014). Vulnerable people, vulnerable resources? Exploring the relationship between people's vulnerability and the sustainability of community-managed natural resources. Development Studies Research. 1 (1), 16-27

Pearson, G., Barratt, C., Seeley, J., Ssetaala, A., Nabbagala, G. and Asiki, G., (2013). Making a livelihood at the fish-landing site: exploring the pursuit of economic independence amongst Ugandan women. Journal of Eastern African Studies. 7 (4), 751-765

Barratt, C., Mbonye, M. and Seeley, J., (2012). Between town and country: shifting identity and migrant youth in Uganda. The Journal of Modern African Studies. 50 (2), 201-223

Barratt, C., Kitcher, C. and Stewart, J., (2012). Beyond safety to wellbeing: How local authorities can mitigate the mental health risks of living in houses in multiple occupation. Journal of Environmental Health Research. 12 (1), 39-51

Barratt, C., Mbonye, M. and Seeley, J., (2012). Between town and country: shifting identity and migrant youth in Uganda. The Journal of Modern African Studies. 50 (02), 201-223

Westway, E., Barratt, C. and Seeley, J., (2009). Educational attainment and literacy in Ugandan fishing communities: Access for All?. Maritime Studies. 8 (2), 73-97

Book chapters (3)

Barratt, C., (2018). Contemplative Pedagogy. In: Mindful Evolution: Conference proceedings Eichstätt 2016 & Thessaloniki 2017. Editors: Bottger, H., Jensen, K. and Jensen, T., . Klinkhardt

Barratt, C. and Tess, W., (2018). Nursing and Mindfulness. In: Coping and Thriving in Nursing An Essential Guide to Practice. Editors: Martin, P., . SAGE. 1526461501. 9781526461506

Couch, R., Barratt, C., Dhesi, S., Stewart, J. and Page, A., (2016). Research and Evidence Based Environmental Health. In: Clay?s Handbook of Environmental Health (21st Edition). Editors: Battersby, S., . Routledge. 102- 127. 9780415716710

Grants and funding


Contemplative Pedagogy Workshop

University of Winchester


Internal conversations, social networks, and mental health in young adult care leavers in Suffolk

University of Essex


Qualitative Evaluation of Good Lives Innovation Pilot

Essex County Council


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2S2.5.09, Colchester Campus

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Wednesday 12-1pm