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.

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.


  • Leviston, Z & Walker, I 2021, 'The influence of moral disengagement on responses to climate change', Asian Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 144-155.
  • Stanley, S, Klas, A, Clarke, E et al. 2021, 'The effects of a temporal framing manipulation on environmentalism: A replication and extension', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 1-34.
  • Plummer, A & Walker, I 2021, 'Can self-regulation explain why not everyone is overweight or obese?', Australian Journal of Psychology, vol. 73, no. 3, pp. 326-337.
  • Moloney, G, Sutherland, M, Bowling, A et al. 2020, 'Don't forget the context when you are talking about organ donation: Social representations, shared mood and behaviour', Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 645-659.
  • Kosari, S, Yee, K, Mulhall, S et al. 2020, 'Pharmacists' Perspectives on the Use of My Health Record', Pharmacy, vol. 8, no. 4.
  • Moloney, G, Upcroft, L, Rienks, S et al. 2020, 'Respect, Interaction, and Immediacy: Addressing the Challenges Associated With the Different Religious and Cultural Approaches to Organ Donation in Australia', Experimental and Clinical Transplantation, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 43-53.
  • 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.
  • Moloney, G, Sutherland, M, Norton, M et al., eds, 2019, Increasing registrations on the Australian Organ Donor Register.
  • 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. 50.
  • Wang, S, Leviston, Z, Hurlstone, M et al. 2018, 'Emotions predict policy support: Why it matters how people feel about climate change', Global Environmental Change, vol. 50, pp. 25-40.