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Samantha Vanderslott

University research lecturer

Samantha Vanderslott joined the Oxford Vaccine Group in 2016 as a Social Sciences Researcher as part of the Oxford Martin School Programme: ‘The “Human Factor”: Infectious Disease and Collective Responsibility’ ( 

She completed her PhD at UCL (University College London) on the policy development for 'Neglected Tropical Diseases' where she conducted fieldwork in Brazil and China.  She is currently researching public attitudes and decisions on vaccination (particularly in relation to pro-vaccination behaviours and vaccine acceptance), along with public policy and media representation of vaccination, across countries and historically. In addition, she collaborates on public engagement, including informing and developing materials for the Vaccine Knowledge Project, which provides information about vaccines and infectious diseases ( She primarily draws on approaches from sociology, science and technology studies, history, and public health policy.