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The Australian National University

Dr Grant Walton

PhD, University of Melbourne
Research Fellow, Development Policy Centre
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 (0) 415 754 943

Research interests

  • Corruption
  • Anti-Corruption policy
  • Education policy
  • International Development
  • Collective action
  • Human Geography
  • Public expenditure tracking
  • Civil society
  • The Pacific and PNG
  • The social and environmental impacts of extractive industries


Grant Walton is a Fellow at the Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy.  He researches issues related to corruption, education policy, international development and civil society.  Grant’s PhD thesis, undertaken at the University of Melbourne, compared anti-corruption actors and citizens’ perspectives on corruption in Papua New Guinea (PNG).   

For more than a decade Grant has conducted research in the Pacific, Africa and Asia for international donors and non-governmental organisations. Prior to joining the Development Policy Centre, Grant worked as a lecturer for the University of Melbourne, and has worked for a range of NGOs as well as the U4 anti-corruption resource centre.  

Grant has published in academic journals and books and has authored major reports for donors and NGOs. This includes articles in Political Geography; the Journal of Development Studies; Society and Natural Resources; Asia Pacific Viewpoint; Crime, Law and Social Change and Public Administration and Development.  His research has also featured in Islands Business, Channel News Asia, ABC Radio Australia, SBS News, the PNG Post-Courier, The National (PNG), The Australian, and the Canberra Times.  He is the author of the book, Anti-corruption and its Discontents: Local, National and International Perspectives on Corruption in Papua New Guinea.

Grant is the Principal Investigator on the Strengthening Society and State Responses to Corruption in PNG research project, funded through the Australian aid program (funding of $644,587). He is also conducting research on complaints to Fiji’s Independent Commission Against Corruption, the political economy of Solomon Islands anti-corruption efforts, as well as research on PNG’s education system.

Grant is the Interim Director for the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption, a Research Associate of the University of Birmingham's Developmental Leadership Program, and a University House (ANU) Early Career Academic Fellow.


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