Dr Katie Attwell
B.A. (Hons.); PhD in Politics

Capstone Co-ordinator, Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs

About me

I am the Capstone Coordinator in the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs. As well as contributing to the design and teaching of the Foundations unit undertaken by all students in our three Master’s programmes, I work with students to select the appropriate Capstone offering to round off their degrees, and develop institutional relationships for new research internships. In Semester 2 2016 I coordinate the unit PSY609 The Psychology of Influence: Changing Behaviour in Policy and Practice with Dr Emma Thomas.

I also teach in the undergraduate unit Sex and Gender Matters.

I completed my PhD in 2013 after having two children along the way. My PhD considered the contradictions faced by left-wing Israeli Jews trying to connect with their Palestinian Other. The book deriving from this research project was published by Palgrave Macmillan in January 2015 as part of their International Relations series.

Moving on from my foundation in ethnicity, nationalism and identity politics, I am now pursuing research into how to engage with vaccine-hesitant parents. I have previously  worked in this area outside academia, including running a public health campaign targeting the alternative lifestyle community in January 2014. I am now engaging with vaccine hesitancy as a political scientist, and pursuing collaborative research with leaders in that field.

Teaching area

Ethnicity and Nationalism; Sex and Gender; Political Theory; Behaviour Change Policy

Research areas

The politics and social science of vaccination, Ethnicity and nationalism, ethnic conflict, identity politics.

Current projects

Vaccination, Social Identity and Governance: a collaborative theoretical research project with Dr David Smith, University of Sydney.

Vaccine Hesitant Parents and Expert Systems: a qualitative research project with Professor Paul Ward (Flinders University), Associate Professor Julie Leask (University of Sydney), Dr Samantha Meyer (University of Waterloo) and Philippa Rokkas (Flinders).

Parent Immunisation Needs and Attitudes Survey (with Telethon Kids Institute): a quantitative research project led by Dr Margie Danchin, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne.

 

 

Awards and grants

(2016) Delegate. Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank: ‘An Interdisciplinary approach to living in a risky world,’ The Shine Dome, Canberra, 20-22 July.

(2015) Seed Funding, Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute, Parental Immunisation Needs and Attitudes – Antenatal (PINA), $15,000

(2014) Research Seed Funding, School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University, $4000.

(2014) Seed Funding, Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute, Midwives’ Attitudes and Communications regarding Immunisation, $15,000

Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Enhancing Student Learning – 2014

Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award – 2013

Conference and Travel grant – Murdoch University / Asia Research Centre – 2012

Australian Postgraduate Award (scholarship) 2006-2012.

Murdoch University Top Up scholarship 2006-2012.

Joyce Riley Bursary (Graduate Women WA) – 2008 – $3000.

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence: 2000, 1998.

 

Events and speaking engagements

(2016) ‘Who are ‘they’ and what do we make of ‘them’: vaccine hesitant parents engage with expert systems’ Public Health Association Australia 15th National Immunisation Conference, Brisbane Convention Centre, 7-9 June.

(2016) ‘Parenting as Politics: Vaccine Hesitancy and Social Identity’ Public Health Association Australia 15th National Immunisation Conference, Brisbane Convention Centre, 7-9 June.

(2015) ‘Protect the Herd or Avoid the Herd: Vaccine Hesitancy and Social Identity’ Australian Political Studies Association Conference, University of Canberra, 30 September (with David Smith, University of Sydney).

(2014) ‘Nationalism, Identity and Dissent: Zionism’s Internal Critics’ Australian Political Studies Association Conference, University of Sydney, 30 September.

Workshop Presenter: Political Psychology Workshop, Monash University, Melbourne, August 2014.

 

(2014) ‘Pop Culture and Pedagogy’ Australian Political Studies Association Conference, University of Sydney, 30 September.

(2014) ‘The Politics of Picking: The Desires and Discursive Self-Positioning of Selective Immunisers’ Public Health Association Australia 14th National Immunisation Conference, Pullman Hotel, Melbourne, Australia.

(2014) ‘By Community, For Community: Campaigning for Fence-Sitters in the “Crunchy” World’ Public Health Association Australia 14th National Immunisation Conference, Pullman Hotel, Melbourne, Australia. 17th June.

(2014) ‘Leading with the Values: an intervention in a vaccine-hesitant community.’ From package to protection: how do we close global coverage gaps to optimize the impact of vaccination’, Fondation Merieux Symposium, Veyrier du Lac, France.

(2014) ‘Dealing with Hesitant Parents’ Working with Community and Parents to Overcome Barriers to Immunisation – can we immunise everyone?’ National Immunisation Conference Pre-Conference Seminar Day, Bayview on the Park, Melbourne.

(2013) ‘Dealing with Hesitant Parents’ seminar for health professionals, Sunshine Coast Medicare Local, Queensland.

Workshop Presenter: “I Immunise” Project – Public Health Association of Australia, National Immunisation Conference Post-Conference Seminar, Darwin, June 2012.

Conference Presenter: “Bent Twigs and Olive Branches.” Association for Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, international conference, March 2012.

Professional and community service

Member of Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) Public Health Study Tour Advisory Panel

Member of editorial review board: Frontiers in Public Health

Article reviews: Ethnopolitics, Vaccine

2015 – present. Co-founder and administrator of Freo College: Ours from the Start – Facebook advocacy network and community building for public secondary education in Fremantle.

2015 – present. Board Member, Hamilton High School.

2013 – present. Member and co-founder of Women In Political Studies Network, Perth.

2011 – present. Co-founder and administrator of Cooby Now Facebook group – a community development initiative based on collective action theory to support public primary school education in a low socio-economic suburb (Coolbellup).

2010 – present. Board member of the Immunisation Alliance of WA, a community-based pro-immunisation advocacy organisation.

2008 – 2010. Management Committee member and casual staff representative, National Tertiary Education Union.

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Masters Thesis Supervision 

(2016) Sasha Georgiades, “A Foucaultian analysis of the dominant discourse of International Relations and how it is sustained.”

PhD Supervision

(2016) Shevaun Drislane, “An analysis of Australian Vaccination Policy from  the Perspcetive of Ethics, Rights and Duties.”

Publications

Books

  • Attwell, K., (2015),Jewish Israeli National Identity and Dissidence: The Contradictions of Zionism and Resistance,Palgrave Macmillan.

Journals

  • Attwell, K., (2013), Bent Twigs and Olive Branches: Exploring the Narratives of Dissident Israeli Jews, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 13, 1, pages 20 - 37.

PUBLICATIONS

Book

Jewish-Israeli National Identity and Dissidence:  The Contradictions of Nationalism, Zionism and Resistance. Palgrave MacMillan, 2015.

Journal Articles

‘I Immunise: An evaluation of a values-based campaign to change attitudes and beliefs.’ Vaccine, (2015) co-author Melanie Freeman. (2014 Journal Impact factor 3.616; article has an Altmetric score of 22, meaning it is in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric.)

(2015) ‘Ethnocracy without groups: Ethnocracy Without Groups: Conceptualising Ethnocratiser States Without Reifying Ethnic Categories (2015) Ethnopolitics (B ranked, Australian Political Studies Association)

(2012) ‘Bent Twigs and Olive Branches: Exploring the Narratives of Dissident Israeli Jews’, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 13:1.