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Mathew White

THE University of Adelaide, Australia

Associate Professor Mathew White is the Program Director for the Master of Education and a member of the School of Education’s Leadership Team at The University of Adelaide. His research focuses on character education, leadership, and wellbeing education and he lectures on wellbeing and leadership and supervises PhD students. In particular, Mathew is interested in how leaders establish school cultures to enable positive learning and wellbeing environments. He is a Principal Fellow in Melbourne Graduate School of Education and an Associate Professor at The University of Melbourne and an Affiliate of the Wellbeing Institute at the University of Cambridge.

Mathew has co-edited three ground-breaking books on wellbeing, authored 19 book chapters and 10 journal articles. His publications include Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizations, and Policy (Springer, 2017) and Evidence-Based Approaches in Positive Education Implementing a Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools (Springer, 2015). His research has been cited in the Global Happiness and Wellbeing Policy Report (2019, 2018) tabled at the World Government Summit in Dubai.

Mathew is the President-elect of the International Positive Psychology Association Education Division (IPPAEd). He is a Council Appointed member of the School Council of St Peter’s Woodlands Grammar School. He was Chair (2017-2019) of the Positive Education Schools Association South Australian Chapter and Secretary (2016) and was a co-opted committee member of the Association of Australasian International Baccalaureate Schools (AAIBS). 

In 2016, Mathew was conferred Fellowship in the Australian College of Educators. In 2017, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders presented Mathew with two awards in recognition of his exceptional scholarship and leadership, a National Leadership Award, and a South Australian Leadership Medal. 

Before joining The University of Adelaide in 2018, Mathew held senior leadership positions in schools. He was the founding Director of Wellbeing & Positive Education and served on the Senior Leadership Team of St Peter’s College – Adelaide, founding Director of Leadership at the social enterprise Teach for Australia, the first Head of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School. He has over 20 years senior secondary school teaching and examination experience in English Literature, French, Theatre Arts and Theory of Knowledge in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).