Hello, my name’s Graham Jones, I’m a British astrophysicist and science communicator based in Japan.
I have a BSc in Astrophysics from Royal Holloway, University of London; I’m currently doing an online MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement at the University of Edinburgh; and I teach English at the University of Shiga Prefecture (USP) near Kyoto.
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 recent 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.
In the 1990s I worked for the Conservatives (one of the main political parties in the UK) as constituency agent for two members of parliament. In the 2000s I was a director, company secretary and part-owner of Language is Everything Ltd, 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…