Julie Matthews

Dr Julie Matthews

Associate Professor

School of Education

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Associate Professor Julie Matthews is Associate Head of Research in the School of Education.

She is a sociologist of education and her current projects focus on anti radicalisation education, and refugees and education. Her research expertise is in post-colonial and Foucauldian approaches to education, feminism, cultural diversity, internationalisation, globalisation and education policy issues.

Dr Matthews has undertaken studies in the fields of minority education, reconciliation, refugee education, anti-racist education, international education and education for sustainability.

She has published over 100 refereed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers and delivered public lectures in Japan, China, Canada, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa.

Associate Professor Matthews supervises 7 PhD and MPhil students researching education policy and curriculum development in the areas of teacher professional development, sustainability education, EFL, English and Indigenous education. She has previously supervised to completion 11 PhD students, 3 MA students and 7 honours students.

She is interested in supervisions in the areas of:
Anti-radicalisation education;
Refugees and education;
Multiculturalism, reconciliation, antiracism;
International education, cosmopolitanism, globalisation, transnationalism.

Dr Matthews teaches courses in Qualitative Research Methods and supervises MEd student projects and dissertations.

Before joining the University of Adelaide in 2013 Dr Matthews was Associate Professor in Social Sciences, Director of Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Associate Director of the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Her Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in The School of Education at The University of Queensland focused on internationalisation, and she is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sunshine Coast, Griffith University, and the University of Southern Cross.

Professional associations:

Associate Professor Matthews established and co-convened the Sociology of Education thematic group in the Australian Sociological Association (TASA from 2010-2013. She is a member of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the International Sociological Association (ISA).

Community engagement:

Queensland Studies Authority Reference Committee for Humanities and Social Sciences. Committee responsible for providing expert curriculum and assessment advice on K-12 curriculum material and resources.

Queensland Office of Higher Education, Department of Education and Training. Panel responsible for assessment of higher education social science courses and programs.

Sunshine Regional Council Sustainability Advisory Panel. Panel Member.Advisory panel providing feedback and strategic advice on regional council policy.

Associate Professor Julie Matthews is currently Associate Head, Research in the School of Education. She is a sociologist of education with a background in education, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies and she has research expertise relating to cultural diversity, refugees, antiracism, reconciliation, and international and sustainability education.

Her work is orientated by issues of social and environmental justice and she uses postcolonial and feminist theories to examine and address the relationship between knowledge and power.

She has published over 100 refereed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers and delivered public lectures in Japan, China, Canada, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa. 

    • Appointments

      Date Position Institution name
      2012 - 2014 Associate Director, Sustainability Research Centre University of the Sunshine Coast
      2011 - 2014 Director of Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of the Sunshine Coast
    • Education

      Date Institution name Country Title
      1997 University of South Australia Australia PhD, Making Spaces: ‘Asian’ Girls in School. A school ethnography investigating educational achieve
      1983 University of Leicester United Kingdom PGCE, Social Studies/English as a Second Language, Thesis: Revealing Women: Combating the Male-bias
      1981 Oxford Brookes University United Kingdom BA (Hons), Anthropology / Sociology, Thesis: Education or Liberation: The Women of the Nomadic Tribe

    Australian Research Council, Discovery Grant, 2010–2013. Negotiating a Space in the Nation: the case of the Ngarrindjeri. Investigates governmentality in relation to caring for country, community leadership and governance, economic development, media representation and international coalition building. 

    The South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQ CARI)/CSIRO, 2009 - 2011, Australian Department of Climate Change, Queensland Government, Griffith University, University of Queensland and CSIRO. Investigated the adaptive capacity theme of the initative.

    Australian Research Council, Discovery Grant, 2005–2007. Schooling, globalisation and refugees in Queensland. Analysed international, national and state policy informing the education of refugee background students. 

    Australian Research Council, Discovery Grant, 2004–2006. Rethinking reconciliation and pedagogy in unsettling times. Recognising that 'reconciliation' is a contested concept with different kinds of salience in different political contexts, the project explored the conceptual and pedagogical foundations of reconciliation imperatives in Australia and South Africa.

    Current Teaching

    Qualitative Research Methods (MEd)

    Research Projects (MEd)

    Previous Teaching

    Education, Culture and Diversity

    Education, Access and Equity

    Gender and Society


    • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

      Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
      2018 Principal Supervisor Decolonising the Curriculum: Fostering Sustainability in Higher Education in Zambia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mutinta Sifelani Musindo
      2018 Principal Supervisor Saudi International Female Students: Challenges and Cultural Experiences in Australian Universities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Safiah Nasser M Hakami
      2018 Co-Supervisor Adult Refugee Student's Responses to the use of Process Drama as Pedagogy for English Language Learning Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Larissa Gadelha Cartaxo De Lopez
      2016 Principal Supervisor Power And Emergence in Remote Education Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Ms Wendy Elizabeth Cowan
      2016 Co-Supervisor Professional Development for in-service EFL lectures in Vietnam Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Thi Thu Thuy Hoang
      2015 Principal Supervisor How Iconic Historical Landmarks Teach us about the History of South Australia Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mrs Tammy Kaye Coleman-Zweck
    • Position: Associate Professor
    • Phone: 83131561
    • Email: julie.matthews@adelaide.edu.au
    • Campus: North Terrace
    • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 8
    • Room: 8 15
    • Org Unit: School of Education

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