A/PROF Mathew White

A/PROF Mathew White


  • Boarding Education, International Education, Leadership, Change Management (Positive Psychology)



  • Mathew A. White (PhD The University of Adelaide) is an Associate Professor and Principal Fellow in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne. Mathew has lectured at the post-graduate level on international education, policy and wellbeing since 2006. He is a Research Affiliate of the Well-being Institute at Cambridge University and also an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Education at The University of Adelaide.

    Mathew brings a unique combination of a deep academic background in wellbeing with executive level leadership experience across education, public and social sectors. He is employed as Director of Wellbeing & Positive Education at St Peter's College - Adelaide and has served on the School's Senior Leadership Team since 2011. At St Peter's College Mathew directs the whole school strategy for wellbeing and leads a team of teachers who have taught over 8,500 students seven evidence-based positive education programs since 2011. Before this Mathew was the inaugural Director of Leadership and Training at Teach For Australia and held positions of academic and pastoral leadership at Geelong Grammar School for over a decade. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators in 2016 and was awarded an Australian Council for Educational Leaders South Australian Leadership Medal in recognition of his research and publications advancing wellbeing in education in May 2017.

    Mathew has published and presented internationally on wellbeing, positive education, policy and strategy and is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology (Springer). He has published three ground-breaking co-edited books Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizational and Policy (2017, Springer), Flourishing in Faith: Theology and Positive Psychology (2017, Wipf & Stock) and Evidence-based Approaches to Positive Education in Schools   


Member of

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors. Member 2014 -
  • Australian College of Educators. Member 2004 - 2016


Selected publications


Education and training

  • GCEM (Boarding), University of New England 2005
  • PhD, Adelaide University 2004
  • MEdSt, Adelaide University 1998
  • GradDipEd, Adelaide University 1996
  • BA, Flinders University of South Australia 1995

Awards and honors

  • Educational Leadership Medal Award, Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL), 2017
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Education, 2016
  • Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mangement, 2006
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, 2003