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



  • Associate Professor Mathew White A. White PhD is a Principal Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education with the title of Associate Professor at The University of Melbourne. He has been a Fellow within the MGSE since 2006. Associate Professor White is an Affiliate of the Wellbeing Institute at Cambridge University and an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Education at The University of Adelaide. Associate Professor White is employed as Director of Wellbeing & Positive Education and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at St Peter’s College – Adelaide. He brings a unique combination of a deep academic background in wellbeing with practical leadership experience in the education, public and social sectors.

    As an academic Associate Professor White has presented his research in the science of positive psychology and its evidence-based practice internationally. He has authored 20 book chapters and coedited three scholarly books within the past three years. These books include Evidence-based Approaches to Positive Education in Schools: Implementing a Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools (Springer, 2015), Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizations and Policy (Springer, 2017) and Flourishing in Faith: Theology Encountering Positive Psychology (Wipf & Stock, 2017). He is currently writing a book on teaching character strengths in literature (Sense).

    Among Associate Professor White’s peer-reviewed publications are two of the six most read articles in the Journal of Positive Psychology, co-authored with MGSE colleagues Professor Lea Waters and Dr Peggy Kern on wellbeing measurement and strengths. He has published in the International Education Journal, International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry, International Journal of Well-being, Oxford Handbook of Happiness, Psychology and Psychology of Well-Being Theory, Research and Practice. He recently co-authored The World Government Report on Posi   


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

  • 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