Dr Will Grant

Senior Lecturer
Graduate Studies Convener
Workshops Convener

Dr Will J Grant is Lecturer, Researcher and Graduate Studies Convener at CPAS.

Will's research and writing has focused on the intersection of society, politics and science, and how the relationships between these are changing with new technologies.

Research interests

Will's current research interests include a focus on the relationship between science and public policy, an investigation of science communication in social media, and an examination of the spatial practices in modern science communication.


Hussey, K, J Pittock, S Dovers, J Handmer and W J Grant. ‘Living with floods: key lessons from Australia and Abroard’. Application to the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility August 2011. 

Upstream, film crowdfunded at Pozible.com. Funded 13 September 2012

SCOPE Sustainable Science Outreach Grants, 2010. ‘Long Conversations: A proposal for a Listening based Communication Project with Climate Scientists and Communicators in Regional and Remote Australia’ 


Recent Writing


  • Welbourne, Dustin J and Will J Grant. 2015. ‘Science communication on YouTube: Factors that affect channel and video popularity’. Public Understanding of Science.
  • Shah, MMI, Will J Grant and Sue Stocklmayer. 2014. ‘Underlying reasons for non-adoption, disadoption and continuing adtoption of hybrid rice in Bangladesh’ Rural Extension and Innovation Systems Journal 10(1).
  • McKinnon, Merryn C, Lindy A Orthia, Will J Grant and Rod Lamberts. 2014. ‘Real-World Assessment as an Integral Component of an Undergraduate Science Communication Program’, International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education 22(5).
  • Shah, Md, Will J Grant and Sue Stocklmayer. 2014. ‘Determinants of farmers’ decisions in adopting hybrid rice in Bangladesh’. Journal for International Agricultural and Extension Education 21(2): 41-43. Doi: 10.5191/jiaee.2014.21207
  • Shah, Md, Will J Grant and Sue Stocklmayer. 2014. ‘Adoption of Hybrid Rice in Bangladesh: Farm Level Experience’. Journal of Agricultural Science 6(7): 157-171. http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/jas.v6n7p157
  • Shah, Md, Will J Grant and Sue Stocklmayer. 2014. ‘Technological attributes and growers’ satisfaction on household consumption of hybrid rice in Bangladesh’ Bothalia Journal 44(4).
  • Grant, Will J. 2012. ‘The role of science and technology in public policy: What is knowledge for?’ in Gilbert, John K and Stocklmayer, Susan M (eds) Communication and Engagement with Science and Technology: Issues and Dilemmas A Reader in Science Communication, 59-73.
  • Graham J. Walker, Susan M. Stocklmayer & Will J. Grant. 2011. ‘Science Theatre: Changing South African Students’ Intended Behaviour Towards HIV AIDS’. International Journal of Science Education, Part B, DOI:10.1080/09500693.2011.633939
  • Lamberts, Rod, Will J Grant and Aaron Martin. 2010. ‘Public opinion about science’. ANUPoll 8, December 2010.
  • Grant, W. J., B. Moon and J. Busby Grant. 2010. ‘Digital Dialogue? Australian Politicians’ use of the Social Network Tool Twitter’. Australian Journal of Political Science 45(4)
  • Grant, Will J 2005. ‘The Space of the Nation: An Examination of the Spatial Productions of Hindu Nationalism’, in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 11(3): 321-347.
  • Grant, Will J 2005. ‘Travel Photography, and the Naturalisation of Space and Subject’, in Dialogue 3(2): 29-42.

Publicly focused

  • Welbourne, Dustin J and Will J Grant. 2015. ‘What makes a popular science video on YouTube’. The Conversation. 25 Feb 2015.
  • Hoepner, Jacqui and Will J Grant. 2015. ‘Wind turbine studies: how to sort the good, the bad and the ugly’. The Conversation 22 January 2015.
  • Grant, Will J and Rod Lamberts 2014. ‘Twelve ways to deal with a climate change denier – the BBQ guide’ The Conversation 22 Dec 2014.
  • Grant, Will J. 2014. ‘Science funding isn’t the only problem when expert advice falls on deaf ears’. The Sydney Morning Herald 29 Oct 2014.
  • Grant, Will J and Rod Lamberts. 2014. ‘The 10 stuff-ups we all make when interpreting reseearch’ The Conversation 3 Oct 2014.
  • Grant, Will, Luke Menzies and Upulie Divisekera. ‘Funding CSIRO is vital if we want to future proof our world’. Sydney Morning Herald 22 April 2014. Reposted at Canberra Times, Brisbane Times.
  • Grant, Will J. ‘There’s no place for politeness when you’re fighting a fire’. The Conversation 22 October 2013.
  • Lamberts, Rod and Grant, Will J. ‘An invisible, odourless, weightless science minister for Australia’. The Conversation 17 Sep 2013.
  • Grant, Will J. ‘Australia 2013: Not a very ‘sciencey’ election’ The Guardian 5 Sep 2013
  • Grant, Will J. ‘Dick Smith flies planes, weighs energy futures’ The Conversation
  • Grant, Will J and McKinnon, Merryn. ‘Australians seem to be getting dumber – but does it matter?’ The Conversation 17 July 2013. Reposted at the Sydney Morning Herald, The Brisbane Times.
  • Grant, Will J. ‘The problems of scientific reporting’ The Australian 1 July 2013.
  • Grant, Will J. ‘Disciplined and on-message, wind farm opponents are a force to be reckoned with’. The Conversation 19 June 2013.
  • Grant, Will J. (With Evan Beaver) ‘How to heat your house efficiently’. The Conversation 20 May 2013
  • Divisekera, Upulie and Will J Grant. ‘Why scientists should, sometimes, be on trial’ Crikey 26 Oct 2012.
  • Lamberts, Rod and Will J Grant. ‘Online education at the coalface: what academics need to know’. The Conversation 18 October 2012
  • Grant, Will J and Luke Menzies. ‘Help needed: can you fix the science/ society divide?’ The Conversation 20 Aug 2012
  • Lamberts, Rod and Will J Grant. ‘Australian R&D measures up globally… but what does that really mean?’ The Conversation 17 May 2012.
  • Grant, Will J and Paul Harris. ‘The ‘impact of research carries weight (but ripples matter more)’ The Conversation 4 May 2012.
  • Grant, Will J. ‘James Cameron and the Mariana Trench sparks titanic angst’. The Conversation. 26 Mar 2012. Interviewed on ABC Newcastle 28 Mar 2012.
  • Grant, Will J and Rod Lamberts. ‘Scientists and politicians – the same but different?’. The Conversation  18 Nov 2011.
  • Wilson, Penny and Will J Grant. ‘Has the use-by date gone past its prime’. The Conversation 15 Nov 2011.
  • Grant, Will J. 2011. ‘Only the lonely buck the climate consensus’. The Drum 7 Nov 2011.
  • Grant, Will J and Rod Lamberts. 2011. ‘Who’s afraid of big, bad coal? Al Gore’s ‘climate reality’ is a pointless fairytale. The Conversation. Reposted at Climate Spectator, discussed at The Australian.
  • Grant, Will J. 2011. Will Steffen: phoney debate is over, now for the carbon policy’. The Conversation.
  • Grant, Will J and Rod Lamberts. 2011. ‘Don’t preach to the converted on carbon tax: it’s the money vote that matters’. The Conversation, reposted at ABC Environment
  • Lamberts, Rod and Will J Grant. 2011. ‘Brand Science is dead, and it’s time to break up the company’ The Conversation, reposted at The Drum 17 May 2011, Science Alert and Scientific Computing
  • Will J Grant and Rod Lamberts. 2011. ‘Ian Chubb will be a chief scientist hard to ignore’ The Drum
  • Lamberts, Rod and Will J Grant. 2011. ‘Gentlemen’s rules are out, scientists: it’s time to unleash the beast’. The Conversation
  • Lamberts, Rod and Will J Grant. 2011. ‘The Government’s war on science: deliberate attack, or abuse by neglect?’ The Conversation
  • Lamberts, Rod and Grant, Will J, 2010. ‘Science needs open access’. Opinion piece in the Canberra Times, 16 April 10, p 19.
  • Grant, Will J, 2009. ‘Let’s keep the Nazis out of it’. Opinion piece in the Canberra Times, 25 Nov 09, p 13.