Ms Roberta Pala
Scientia PhD Student
University of New South Wales


Roberta joined the CBNS in 2018.  She is a Scientia PhD candidate in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW Sydney, supervised by Associate Professor Kylie Valentine, Dr Melanie White and CBNS CI Professor Matthew Kearnes. She is originally from Sardinia, Italy.

Working in the field of science and technology studies (STS), Roberta’s PhD research investigates the biosocial complexities of vaccines. More specifically, it considers how the encounter between vaccine matter and the immune system complicates philosophical conceptions of the body.

Roberta has a Master of Arts in Gender and Cultural Studies from the University of Sydney where her thesis considered public debate and controversy about vaccines in Australia. Before moving to Australia, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, History, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Siena, majoring in Cultural Anthropology.