Associate Professor Merryn McKinnon

B. Sc (Hons), Grad Dip Sci Comm, MJour, PhD
Associate Professor
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Media Studies 200104
  • Communication Studies 200101
  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology 160808
  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) 220206
  • Gender Specific Studies 169901

Research interests

  • The relationship between science, publics and the media;
  • Public engagement in science inlcuding influences on beliefs and perceptions of science;
  • Factors affecting interpretation and understanding of communication messages;
  • The impact of science communication training and activities with a particular focus on gender;
  • intersectionality, diversity and inclusion in STEM disciplines


Dr Merryn McKinnon's original degree was in marine science where, after the novelty of moving intertidal snails with a paint scraper wore off, she discovered that talking about her research to other people brought her far closer to her conservation goals than her actual project ever could.

This led her to the field of science communication where she has stayed ever since, working in a range of roles and countries. Merryn enjoys the diverse issues science communication allows her to explore, and the creativity and problem solving it requires.

Merryn has worked and conducted qualitative and quantitative research nationally and internationally, in both non-academic and academic roles. She worked as a science communicator for a decade before entering academia, and uses her professional knowledge combined with her theoretical expertise to inform her own teaching and practice in the media and in developing and delivering communication workshops to researchers and policy makers.

Merryn's research contributes to a better understanding of the relationship between science, media and publics. She also explores the influence of equity, inclusion and intersectionality in STEM, especially STEM communication.



Projects and Grants

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