Associate Professor Will J Grant

BA (Hons), Phd
Associate Professor, Science Communication
ANU College of Science
T: 0450105489

Research interests

Science communication

Research, science and technology policy

Political theory 

Social Media / Social Network Analysis


Dr Will Grant is Associate Professor in Science Communication at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU. Awarded for his public policy and outreach work, Will has authored or co-authored dozens of works in various scholarly outlets (including Public Understanding of Science, Environmental Communication, Computers in Human Behaviour, Scientometrics and Higher Education Policy), and written commissioned and pitched articles and opinion pieces in high impact public facing outlets (including The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Conversation, Times Higher Education, The Canberra Times, The Brisbane Times, Crikey, The Drum, Climate Spectator and ABC Environment), focusing mostly on the interaction of science, politics and technology. He is co-founder of the researcher employment service PostAc

Will is regularly heard on Radio National discussing science for Research Filter and Nightlife, as well as podcasting in The Wholesome Show, G’day Patriots and G’day Sausages, charting in the Australian iTunes top 50. Will has held science communication workshops for a range of Australia’s leading science organisations, including Universities Australia, Science and Technology Australia and the Australian Academy of Science, as well has dozens of universities and research institutes, government departments and scientific societies around the country. He tweets at @willozap.

A more extensive CV of publications and other outputs can be found here.




Researcher's projects

Will works on a variety of science communication and science communication research projects, including:

  • PostAc: A project aimed at monitoring and learning from non-academic industry demand for research graduates, working towards getting PhD graduates into the best possible non-academic jobs. 
  • The Wholesome Show: A science podcast for people who sit up the back of the class room!
  • Climate change communication: a variety of efforts to understand the contours and dynamics of climate change communication, drawing on methods including social network analysis, framing analysis, culturomics and psychological biases.
  • Science on social media: a variety of efforts to understand how science and pseudoscience are commuicated on social media.



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