My name’s Graham Jones. I have a BSc in Astrophysics from Royal Holloway, University of London; I’m currently doing an MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement at the University of Edinburgh (my dissertation is about how science-fiction films are used as media framing devices); and I teach English at the University of Shiga Prefecture (USP) near Kyoto, Japan.
In 2018 my USP colleague Dr Maki Taniguchi and I were awarded a scientific research grant by the Japanese government (kakenhi number 18K00874) to investigate how personal goal-setting can help people become better language-learners.
My published work includes chapters on Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud for “R.E.A.D.I.N.G.”, a Japanese university textbook (Seibido, 2015). I’ve previously taught in Argentina, Congo-Brazzaville, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and Turkey.
My solar eclipse projects began in 2015 when Garuda Indonesia agreed to sponsor a series of events at Tadulako University, on the island of Sulawesi, for the March 2016 total solar eclipse. The following year I began working with timeanddate.com, who sponsored a project in Huambo, Angola, for the February 2017 annular solar eclipse.
In the 1990s I worked in UK politics as constituency agent for two members of parliament. In the 2000s I was a director and part-owner of a UK-based interpreting and translation company.
My dream is to live on an island in the Pacific Ocean. Wait a second, I’m doing that already…