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



  • Associate Professor Mathew A. White (PhD The University of Adelaide) is a Principal Fellow in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne, where he has been a Fellow since 2006. He is also a Research Affiliate of the Well-being Institute at Cambridge University and 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 practical leadership experience across education, public and social sectors. Mathew is employed as the Director of Wellbeing & Positive Education at St Peter’s College - Adelaide, an Anglican School for boys and has served on the School’s Senior Leadership Team since 2011. At St Peter's College - Adelaide, Mathew directs the whole school strategy for wellbeing and leads a team of teachers who have taught over 8,500 students positive education.

    Mathew has published and presented internationally on wellbeing, positive education, policy and strategy. Among his co-authored publications is the most read article in the Journal of Positive Psychology. Mathew’s most recent books include Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizational and Policy (2017, Springer), Evidence-based Approaches to Positive Education in Schools: Implementing a Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools (2015, Springer) and Flourishing in Faith: Theology and Positive Psychology (2017, Wipf & Stock).

    He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology (Springer) and has been invited by Kristján Kristjánsson to be a Special Guest Editor by for the Journal of Moral Education focusing on the philosophical challenges facing the future direction of positive education.

    Mathew was awarded an Australian Council for Educational Leaders South Australian Leadership Medal in recognition of his leadership in advancing wellbe   


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