Sam Illingworth


  • The University of Western Australia (M085), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am a Senior Lecturer in Science Communication and an internationally-recognised expert in interdisciplinary studies, with a background in environmental science. I have an MA in Higher Education and am a Senior Fellow of Advance HE. I am also the Chief Executive Editor of Geoscience Communication, co-director of the Manchester Game Studies Network, and founder of the poetry journal Consilience.


My research involves looking at how poetry and games can be used to start conversations between scientists and non-scientists, giving voice to audiences that are otherwise under-heard and underserved by science and science communication. This approach yields information and processes that are of use to both policymakers and the communities that I work with. It is also valuable to scientists, as it enables them to incorporate local knowledge into their research, helping to ensure that it is of greater benefit to the wider society.

Teaching overview

I am the Programme Leader for Science Communication at UWA, and run the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with my colleague Dr Heather Bray

If you are interested in studying with me as a PhD student, I currently have two opportunities available. One of these is about using poetry to diversify science, and the other one is based around making a boardgame to communicate science to different audiences

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, MA, Manchester Metropolitan University

1 Sep 20141 Jun 2016

Award Date: 17 Nov 2016

Atmospheric Physics, PhD, University of Leicester

1 Oct 200720 Sep 2010

Award Date: 1 Jun 2011

Physics with Space Science & Technology, MPhys, University of Leicester

20 Sep 20021 Jun 2006

Award Date: 1 Jun 2006

External positions

Founder, Consilience Poetry Journal

10 Jan 2020 → …

Chief Executive Editor, Geoscience Communication

1 Apr 2018 → …

Co-Director, Manchester Game Studies Network

1 Oct 2016 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Science Communication
  • Public Engagement
  • Geosciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Poetry
  • Games
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