Dr Graham Walker

BSc (Biochemistry), Grad Dip (Science Communication), PhD (Science Communication)
Academic Coordinator, Science Circus

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 the DFAT supported 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.

Research interests

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

- 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

  • Duan, RJ, Walker, GJ & Orthia, LA 2021, 'Interest, emotions, relevance: viewing science centre interactive exhibit design through the lens of situational interest', International Journal of Science Education. Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 11(3): 191-209.
  • Orthia LA, McKinnon M, Viana JN & Walker GJ 2021, 'Reorienting science communication towards communities', Journal of Science Communication, 20(3): A12. DOI: 10.22323/2.20030212
  • Walker, G, Bantsi, L, Bukhosini, S et al. 2020, 'Models to build capacity for African science centres and science communication: needs and assets', Journal of Science Communication, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 1-23.
  • Walker, G 2014, 'Science Communicators as Commercial and Social Entrepreneurs', in Leo Tan Wee Hin and R. Subramaniam (ed.), Communicating Science to the Public: Opportunities and Challenges for the Asia-Pacific Region, Springer Netherlands, New York London, pp. 105-118.
  • Walker, G, Stocklmayer, S & Grant, W 2013, 'Science Theatre: Changing South African Students' Intended Behaviour Towards HIV AIDS', International Journal of Science Education. Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 101-120.
  • Walker, G 2013, Motivational features of science shows.
  • Walker, G 2010, 'Science Theatre: A Novel Tool for HIV Interventions in South Africa', International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology 2010, Science Communication Without Frontiers, Unknown.