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Associate Professor Katie Attwell is an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow of the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute. A political scientist, A/Prof 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”. A/Prof Attwell's Commonwealth research funded project explores mandatory childhood vaccination in Australia, Italy, France and California. She leads the large interdisciplinary research project "Coronavax: Preparing Community and Government" with colleagues from UWA and Telethon Kids Institute, exploring community attitudes and acceptance of COVID-19 vaccinations and mandates.


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


  • 2013 
    Murdoch University, PhD in Politics