I am a health sociologist and Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, leading the Vaccines and Society Unit (VAS) hosted by the Oxford Vaccine Group. My work centres around health, society, and policy topics. I draw on perspectives from sociology, anthropology, history, global health, and science and technology studies (STS). My book publications can be found here and my articles have been published in leading journals, including Social Science and Medicine, The Lancet, The Lancet Public Health, Nature and Culture, and Global Public Health. I regularly appear on media, for example, on BBC Newsnight, BBC 4 Woman’s Hour, Al Jazeera and have written media articles for The Independent and The Conversation among others. My current projects are on:

I completed my PhD in the STS Department at UCL (University College London) in 2017 under the supervision of Prof Brian Balmer and Dr Jack Stilgoe with visitorships at Harvard University and the Brocher Foundation. Prior I worked for three years as a senior policy advisor in the UK Civil Service. I hold an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford and a BSc first-class honors in Economics and International Development from the University of Bath.


Twitter: @SJVanders