Dr Pauline Paterson


Associate Professor

Room 258d

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2830

Dr. Pauline Paterson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK. Dr. Paterson is the Trust in Climate Science Lead at the Confidence Project, LSHTM.

Dr. Paterson has been researching issues of public confidence in immunisations since 2010. Specific research areas include COVID-19 vaccination beliefs and behaviours among health and social care workers in the UK, views and experiences of vaccinating during pregnancy globally, misinformation narratives online, and public trust in vaccination.

Since 2020, Dr. Paterson has also been researching public perceptions around climate change globally, more recently exploring public perceptions of the co-benefits of climate action in the UK.

Dr. Paterson holds a joint appointment at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London. Dr. Paterson is a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Vaccines and Immunisation, and has an honorary academic contract with UK Health Security Agency.

Dr. Paterson has a PhD in Epidemiology, MBA and MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. Her MBA project consisted of two systematic reviews and a case study in Thailand, in collaboration with WHO, exploring health system preparedness to changes in malaria and dengue fever epidemiology as a result of climate change.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Vaccine Centre
Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health


I was co-module organiser for the MSc module 'Applied Communicable Disease Control' and seminar leader for the module 'Issues in Public Health' (2017-2022).

I have given lectures and seminars at LSHTM, Imperial College London, University College London, the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health in Germany, and the International Vaccine Institute in South Korea.

I am an associate supervisor to a PhD student on the LSHTM/Nagasaki University Joint programme, who is exploring rabies prevention, vaccine uptake and vaccine attitudes in the Philippines.

I was the main supervisor of a PhD student who researched social and cognitive factors underlying vaccine uptake and refusal in pregnant women. I was an associate supervisor to a PhD student who explored factors influencing vaccination uptake among ethnic minorities during pregnancy in England.

I have supervised MSc summer projects and tutored students from MSc Control of Infectious Diseases.


More details about the Vaccine Confidence ProjectTM can be found here.

Research Area
Climate change
Decision analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease

Selected Publications

COVID-19 vaccination beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours among health and social care workers in the UK: A mixed-methods study.
Bell S; Clarke RM; Ismail SA; Ojo-Aromokudu O; Naqvi H; Coghill Y; Donovan H; Letley L; Paterson P; Mounier-Jack S
PloS One
Eroding norms over release of self-spreading viruses.
Lentzos F; Rybicki EP; Engelhard M; Paterson P; Sandholtz WA; Reeves RG
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Self-spreading vaccines: Base policy on evidence-Response.
Lentzos F; Rybicki EP; Engelhard M; Paterson P; Sandholtz WA; Reeves RG
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Categorizing Vaccine Confidence With a Transformer-Based Machine Learning Model: Analysis of Nuances of Vaccine Sentiment in Twitter Discourse.
Kummervold PE; Martin S; Dada S; Kilich E; Denny C; Paterson P; Larson HJ
JMIR Medical Informatics
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