• The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 136 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
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Researcher in vaccine hesitancy, politics and public policy


A political scientist, Dr Attwell is interested in the intersection of policy, identity, attitudes and behaviour as they pertain to health consumers, healthcare providers and governance. In 2014 Dr Attwell researched, designed, delivered and evaluated the internationally-recognised public health campaign, “I Immunise”. She has also researched the values and attitudes of midwives towards immunisation and the discourses they use around the topic. Current projects include analysing governance strategies for addressing vaccine refusal, exploring the epistemology of vaccine hesitant parents, conceptualising the role of group identity in vaccination decision-making, and designing and piloting strategies for conversational interventions with pregnant women regarding vaccination of themselves and their babies.


  • Community
  • vaccination policy
  • vaccine hesitancy
  • Governancesocial identity
  • social identity

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Research Output 2013 2019

  • 136 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 21 Article
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Editorial
  • 1 Review article

Mandatory vaccination and no fault vaccine injury compensation schemes: An identification of country-level policies

Attwell, K., Drislane, S. & Leask, J., 9 May 2019, In : Vaccine. 37, 21, p. 2843-2848 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Compensation and Redress

The politics of picking: Selective vaccinators and population-level policy

Attwell, K., 1 Apr 2019, In : SSM - Population Health. 7, 100342.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Vaccine acceptance: Science, policy, and practice in a 'post-fact' world

Attwell, K., Dube, E., Gagneur, A., Omer, S. B., Suggs, L. S. & Thomson, A., 29 Jan 2019, In : Vaccine. 37, 5, p. 677-682 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Hearts, minds, nudges and shoves: (How) can we mobilise communities for vaccination in a marketised society?

Attwell, K. & Smith, D. T., 22 Oct 2018, In : Vaccine. 36, 44, p. 6506-6508 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial