Senior Lecturer, Murdoch University

Dr Katie Attwell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia and an Honorary Research Fellow of Telethon Kids Institute. 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.


  • –present
    Sessional Unit Co-ordinator in Politics, Murdoch University


  • 2013 
    Murdoch University, PhD in Politics