Dr Graham Walker

BSc, Grad. Dip. Sci. Com., PhD
Postgraduate Coursework Convenor - Master of Science Communication / Grad. Cert Sci. Comm. Founder - Science Circus Africa / Science Circus Pacific
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Educational Psychology 170103
  • Drama, Theatre And Performance Studies 190404
  • Environmental Communication 470103
  • International And Development Communication 470104
  • Climate Change Impacts And Adaptation 4101

Research interests

- Science centres and informal science learning methods, e.g. science shows, hands-on workshops, interactive exhibits, making and tinkering, etc.

- Application of informal science learning methods to socioscientific issues such as climate, environment and health.

- Emotion and motivation in science communication and informal science learning

- Science communication capacity building, training, international development and cross-cultural codesign - especially in Africa, the Pacific and Asia.


Dr Graham Walker is a science communication teacher, researcher and practitioner based at the National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the Australian National University, where he convenes Postgraduate Coursework. He works at the interface of science communication and informal STEM learning, capacity building and co-development, emotion and motivation, and communication of social and environmental issues, particularly in informal learning contexts like science centres, science shows and hands-on workshops. Graham has been involved in science communication capacity building throughout the Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East since 2003. He founded Science Circus Africa which, through dynamic partnerships with African organisations, has trained more than 500 staff and reached 73,000 people in 10 African countries, and more recently the DFAT-supported Science Circus Pacific. He is an avid aficionado of science shows and has performed shows and delivered training globally. 


Researcher's projects

Science Circus International Capacity Building



Available student projects

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

- informal STEM learning, capacity building and codesign re climate change

- science engagement and capacity building, especially for science centres and outreach programs in low- and middle-income countries

- studies of emotion and motivation in science communication and informal learning settings

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

Current student projects

Ms Emily Standen, PhD project - Inclusive Science Communication in the Pacific


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 June 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers