I have been researching pro-vaccine attitudes and in particular what constitutes pro-vaccine activism (through two case studies of the US and Australia) and vaccination policy. The results of this enquiry are below.

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I am also interested in debates about ethics, measurement and data collection concerning vaccination:

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And how vaccination can be viewed in relation to anti-microbial resistance (AMR):

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Neglected tropical diseases

Starting with my PhD this work explores how tropical diseases of empire were repackaged as ‘neglected tropical diseases’ (NTD) concentrating on the 1970s to the present day. As part of the research, I developed a podcast and workshop series with Dr Erman Sozudogru at UCL and undertook fieldwork in Brazil and China on NTD policies. I am currently working on a book based on my PhD research and due to be published by Routledge in the ‘Research on Ignorance Studies’ series in 2020.


  • Vanderslott, S. (Under contract – 2020). Attention and Neglect in Global Health: The Currency of Neglect. Routledge.


  • Vanderslott S. Neglected Tropical Diseases. Nat Cult. 2020;15(1):78-110. doi:10.3167/nc.2020.150105
  • Vanderslott, S. Moving From Outsider to Insider Status Through Metrics: The Inclusion of “Neglected Tropical Diseases” Into the Sustainable Development Goals. J Hum Dev Capab. February 2019:1-18. doi:10.1080/19452829.2019.1574727
  • Zheng, Q., Vanderslott, S., Jiang, B., Xu, L.-L., Liu, C.-S., Huo, L.-L., … Zhang, H.-B. (2013). Research gaps for three main tropical diseases in the People’s Republic of China. Infectious Diseases of Poverty, 2(1).

     Doctoral thesis

  • Vanderslott, S. Neglect in policy problems: the case of ‘neglected tropical diseases’. (2017) Doctoral thesis. UCL (University College London). Available here.

      Media articles

  • Vanderslott, S. and Su, Y. (October 27, 2015) ‘Will a Nobel Prize Change China’s Perspective on Innovation?’, CounterPunch, Available here.


Typhoid fever

I am working with medical historian Dr Claas Kirchhelle to track the history of typhoid in Oxford and connect this to present day challenges of control and treatment for the disease. This includes a supplement publication we are co-editing for the Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal and as co-curators for an award-winning multi-country exhibition ‘Alice in Typhoidland’.


  • Vanderslott S., Phillips MT, Pitzer VE, Kirchhelle C. Water and Filth: Reevaluating the First Era of Sanitary Typhoid Intervention (1840–1940). Clin Infect Dis. 2019; 69 (Supplement_5): S377-S384. doi:10.1093/cid/ciz610
  • Kirchhelle C, Pollard AJ, Vanderslott S. (2019) ‘Making a Difference? The past, present, and future of typhoid control’ Clin Infect Dis. Volume 69, Issue Supplement_5, 1 November. S375-S411. doi:10.1093/cid/ciz551
  • Kirchhelle C, Pollard AJ, Vanderslott S. Typhoid—From Past to Future. Clin Infect Dis. 2019;69(Supplement_5):S375-S376. doi:10.1093/cid/ciz551

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I am part of two large institutional collaborations:


  • Vindrola-Padros, C. Chisnall, G. Cooper, S. Djellouli, N. Dowrick, A. Martin, S. Singleton, G. Symmons, Sofia. Vanderslott, S. et al. Carrying Out Rapid Qualitative Research During a Pandemic: Emerging Lessons From COVID-19. Qualitative Health Research. August 2020: 104973232095152. doi:10.1177/1049732320951526
  • Kraemer MUG, Pigott DM, Hill SC, Vanderslott S, et al. Dynamics of conflict during the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 2018–2019. BMC Medicine. 2020;18(1):113. doi:10.1186/s12916-020-01574-1
  • Paul, KT. Vanderslott, S. Gross, M. (2020 forthcoming) Institutionalized Ignorance in Policy & Regulation. Special issue. Science as Culture.

Media articles

I presented my research about community engagement at the ALERRT Community Engagement workshop held in Dakar, Senegal 17-18 March 2019. The workshop report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics produced a workshop report. Our letter about ‘The importance of community involvement in tackling Ebola’ was published in The Guardian.