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 in the Department of Resource Management and Geography 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 NGOs and 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 The Journal of Education Policy; 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, Radio Australia, SBS News, the PNG Post-Courier, The National (PNG), The Australian, and the Canberra Times. His book, Anti-corruption and its Discontents: Local, National and International Perspectives on Corruption in Papua New Guinea, was published through Routledge in 2017.
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). This project involves a social experiment, interviews with public servants and desk reviews to better understand corruption and governance in PNG. He is also conducting research on:
complaints to Fiji’s Independent Commission Against Corruption,
the political economy of PNG’s education system,
the politics of Solomon Islands anti-corruption policy,
the political economy of rice trade in the Philippines and PNG (with Dr Imelda Deinla).
He is the Director for the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption, and a Research Associate with the University of Birmingham’s Developmental Leadership Program.