Prof. Pauline Paterson


Associate Professor & Trust in Climate Science Lead at The Vaccine Confidence Project and Associate Professor at LSHTM


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 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.