Dr Graham Walker

BSc, Grad. Dip. Sci. Com., PhD
Convenor - Master of Science Communication Outreach / Science Circus International Capacity Building
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Specialist Studies In Education Not Elsewhere Classified 130399
  • Educational Psychology 170103
  • Drama, Theatre And Performance Studies 190404

Research interests

- Science communication capacity building, training, international development and cross-cultural codesign

- Science shows, hands-on workshops, making and tinkering, and other informal science learning methods

- Emotion and motivation in science communication and informal science learning

- The potential of science shows and hands-on workshops to tackle socioscientific issues

 

Biography

Graham convenes the Masters of Science Communication Outreach program. His research, teaching and engagement focusses on science communication and informal science learning. His current research and engagement investigates international capacity building and co-design in science communication. To this end, Graham founded the Science Circus Africa project which has trained 499 staff and reached 73,000 people in 10 African countries. He is currently widening his focus to the Asia-Pacific, primarily through ANU’s Science Circus Pacific project. Graham also researches emotional and motivational aspects of science communication, particularly in settings like science centres, science shows and hands-on workshops, and using these methods to engage with social and environmental issues, along with teaching in these areas. He is an avid aficionado of science shows and has performed shows and delivered training globally. 

 

Researcher's projects

Science Circus International Capacity Building

https://cpas.anu.edu.au/research/research-projects/science-circus-international-capacity-building

 

Available student projects

Graham welcomes research proposals related to his areas of interest/expertise. Current prioitiy areas are:

- science centres in the Asia-Pacific region ($8000 p.a. top-up scholarship available for students who are successful in winning an AGRTP base scholarship)

- science engagement, capacity building and codesign in the Pacific, particularly related to climate change

- science engagement and capacity building in Africa

- equity and inclusion in science centres

- Shell Questacon Science Circus

Current student projects

Ms Emily Standen, PhD project - Codesigning Culturally/Contextually Relevant Teacher Professional Learning Workshops in the Pacific

Ms Ruoyu Duan, Masters project - Children’s interest and design characteristics of interactive science exhibits

Ms Rhedyn Ollerenshaw - Zoo design: connecting zoo visitors with conservation messages

 

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  14 November 2019 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers