Professor Iain Walker

Professor of Psychology
Director, Research School of Psychology

I am a social psychologist, with broad interests in social and environmental sustainability and in social justice.

I am the Director of the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University. I have held similar head of school roles at the University of Canberra and Murdoch University, and I worked for several years as a Research Group Leader and Research Program leader of the Social & Economic Sciences Program at CSIRO.

My PhD is from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and my undergraduate degrees are from the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.


Research interests

My research involves conducting rigorous social psychological science to enhance social and environmental sustainability. The focus is on understanding processes of social and environmental change, with a broader aim of developing a better understanding of the interplay between theory and practice. My goal is to join analyses of ecosystems, social systems, and egosystems, to enhance social and environmental sustainability within and across those systems. Consistent with this, increasingly my research has been done in interdisciplinary contexts and appears in interdisciplinary outlets. I believe this helps spread the scientific impact of social psychology, provides novel and important forums in which to do social psychology, and ultimately helps inform and advance the science of social psychology.


  • Ruby, M, Walker, I & Watkins, H 2020, 'Sustainable Consumption: The Psychology of Individual Choice, Identity, and Behavior', Journal of Social Issues, vol. 76, no. 1, pp. 1/08/2018.
  • Sutherland, M, Moloney, G, Norton, M et al. 2020, 'Utilising a hospital based setting to increase organ donor registration', Transplantation, vol. 104, no. 6.
  • Hurlstone, M, Price, A, Wang, S et al. 2020, 'Activating the legacy motive mitigates intergenerational discounting in the climate game', Global Enviromental Change, vol. Online, no. 60.
  • Leviston, Z, Dandy, J, Jetten, J et al. 2019, 'The role of relative deprivation in majority-culture support for multiculturalism', Journal of Applied Social Psychology, vol. Online.