Dr Julie Matthews

Dr Julie Matthews
 Position Associate Professor
 Org Unit School of Education
 Email julie.matthews@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 1561
 Location Floor/Room 8 15 ,  Nexus 10 Tower ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Associate Professor Julie Matthews is Associate Head, 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.

    She has undertaken research in the fields of minority education, reconciliation, refugee education, anti-racist education, international education and education for sustainability and has expertise in postcolonial and Foucauldian theory, feminism, cultural diversity, internationalisation, globalisation and policy issues. 

    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. She has previously supervised to completion 11 PhD students, 3 MA students and 7 honours students.

    Associate Professor Matthews teaches courses in Qualitative Research Methods, Research Design 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.

  • Qualifications

    PhD, The University of South Australia. 1997. Thesis: Making Spaces: ‘Asian’ Girls in School. A school ethnography investigating educational achievement and ‘Asian’ students.

    PGCE, Social Studies/English as a Second Language, Leicester University, UK. 1983. Thesis: Revealing Women: Combating the Male-bias in Sociology. A gender analysis of introductory sociology textbooks. 

    BA (Hons), Anthropology / Sociology, Brookes University (formerly Oxford Polytechnic), UK. 1981. Thesis: Education or Liberation: The Women of the Nomadic Tribes of Iran. An ethnographic study of education, social change and Iranian women.

  • Awards & Achievements

     Adjunct Assocate Professor Southern Cross University, Qld, Australia 

    Adjunct Assocate Professor Griffith University, Qld, Australia 

    Adjunct Associate Professor The University of Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia 

    Vice-Chancellors Medal for Outstanding Researcher, The University of the Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia 

    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, The School of Education, The University of Queensland, Qld, Australia 

  • Teaching Interests

    I teach Qualitative Research Methods and supervise MEd projects and thesis 

    Current  PhD Supervisions

    - African Refugee Students and Strengths Based Education  (external).

    - Sustainable Schools going Global: An Edploration of Impliementing 'Eco-schools' across Cultures (external).

    - Inclusive Policy in Practice: HIV Community Planning in the US (external).

    Current MPhil Supervisions

    -The Relationship of Teacher Professional Development and Accountablity to Student Learning Outcomes.

    -Cultural Heritage Education and Place-based Learning in the South Australian context: The Representation of Aboriginal People in the study of Iconic Landmarks.

    -An Exploration of the 2006 National Curriculum for English Language, and its Delivery in Government Primary Schools in Sindh, Pakistan.

    -Power And Emergence in Remote Education.

    - The enablers and barriers to professional development for in-service teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in a multidisciplinary university in Vietnam


    Previous Supervisions

     11 PhD students, 3 MA students and 7 Honours students.

  • Research Interests

    I am  interested in topics adopting postcolonial theoretical approaches which investigate educational issues in relating to secondary schooling, higher education, teacher education, professional development, pedagogy, curriculum and policy development in the following areas;

    • Anti-radicalisation education;
    • Refugees and education;
    • Multiculturalism, reconciliation, antiracism;
    • International education, cosmopolitanism, globalisation, transnationalism;
    • Education for sustainability. 


  • Research Funding

    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.  

  • Publications


    Joeseph, C. & Matthews, J. eds. (2014) Equity, Education and Opportunity in Postcolonial South East Asia. London: Routledge.

    Ahluwalia, P.  Bishop, P. Atkinson, S. Christie, P.  Hattam, R. & Matthews,  J.  eds. (2012) Reconciliation and Pedagogy: Practical, Theoretical and Philosophical Considerations. London: Routledge. 

    Hickling-Hudson, A. Matthews, J. & Woods, A. eds (2004) Disrupting Preconceptions: Postcolonialism and Education. Flaxton: PostPressed. 

    Book Chapters

    Hope, A., & Matthews, J, (2017) ‘How not to be a terrorist’: Radicalisation and young Western Muslims’ digital discourses. In Pickard, S. & Bessant, J. Young People Re-Generating Politics in Times of Crisis, Palgrave Macmillan. 

    Smith T.F., Choy, D.L. Themes, D.C. Serra-Neumann, S. Crick, F. Sano, M. Richards R. Harman B. Bau man, S. Myers, S. Sharma, vV Bussey, M. Matthews, J. Roiko, A & Carter, B. (2015)  Adapting Australian coastal regions to climate change: A case study of South East Queensland. In  Glavovic, B. Kelly, M. & Travers, Ailbhe. Climate Change and the Coast: Building Resilient Communities, CRC Press: Taylor and Francis

    Matthews, J. & Nagata, Y. (2014). Pedagogies of the Japanese Diaspora: Racialization and Sexualization in Australia. In G. Tsolidias, Migration, Diapora, Identity.

    Garlick, S. & Matthews, J. (2014) Engaged Learning and Enterprise through the ‘Ecoversity': Implementing an Engagement Theory to Meet Sustainability Concerns. In P. Inman. University Engagement and Environmental Sustainability, Manchester University Press 

    Joeseph, C. & Matthews, J. (2014) Understanding the Cultural Politics of Southeast Asian Education through Postcolonial Theory. In Joseph. C. and Matthews J. Equity, Opportunity and Education in Postcolonial Southeast Asia. London: Routledge.

    Matthews, J. & Garlick, S. (2013) Contemporary Knowledge Production in a World of Crisis: Environmental Sustainability and the Ecoversity, In K. Johansson, G. Lassbo,& Nehls, E. Inside the New University: Prerequisites for a Contemporary Knowledge Production. Bentham Science Publishers.

    Hattam, R. & Matthews, J. (2012). Reconciliation as a Resource for Critical Pedagogy. In P. Ahluwalia et al.,  Reconciliation and Pedagogy: Practical, Theoretical and Philosophical Considerations (pp. 10-28). London: Routledge. 

    Smith, T.F. Low Choy, D., Thomsen, D.C., Neumann, S. Crick, F. Sano, M. Richards, R. Harman, B. Baum, S. Myers, S. Sharma, V. Bussey, M. Matthews, J, Roiko, A. & Carter, R.W. (2012). Adapting Australian coastal regions to climate change: A case study of South East Queensland. In B. Glavovic, R. Kay, M. Kelly, & A. Travers, Climate Change and the Coast: Building Resilient Communities. United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis.

    Matthews, J. (2012). The Sociology of Education in Australia. In V. Ivanova, & A. Osipiov, Sociology of Education: Global and National Perspectives. Russia: NovSU.

    Matthews, J. (2010). Engaged Learning for Climate Change: The Perils and Potentials of Collaborative Partnerships and Projects. In W. Leal Filho, Universities and Climate Change: Introducing Climate Change to University Programmes (pp.221-230). New York: Springer.

    Matthews, J. & Waterman P. (2010). Sustainable Literacy and Climate Change: Engagement, Partnerships, Projects. In W. Leal Filho, Universities and Climate Change: Introducing Climate Change to University Programmes (pp. 83-88). New York: Springer.

    Matthews, J. & Hattam, R. (2008). Did Buddha Laugh? In M. Bussey, S. Inayatullah, & I. Milojevic, Alternative Educational Futures: Pedagogies for Emergent Worlds (pp. 223-234). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

    Matthews, J. (2007). Deconstructing the Visual: Diaspora, Hybridity and Eur/Asian Female Representation. In A.J. Sahoo & B. Maharaj, Sociology of Diaspora: A Reader. New Delhi: Rawat Publications.

    Matthews, J. & Aberdeen, L. (2004). Racism, Racialisation and Setter Colonialism. In A. Hickling-Hudson, J. Matthews & A. Woods  Disrupting Preconceptions: Postcolonialism and Education. Flaxton: PostPressed.

    Hickling-Hudson, A. Matthews, J. & Woods, A. (2004). Education, Postcolonialism and Disruptions. In A. Hickling-Hudson, J. Matthews, & A. Woods  Disrupting Preconceptions: Postcolonialism and Education. Flaxton: PostPressed. 

    Refereed Journal Articles 

    Lederbauer, G. & Matthews, J. (2016) Retirement Village Lifestyles. Social Alternatives, 35 (3).

    Matthews, J. (2013) Refugee Politics: A Highly Charged Political Issues, Social Alternatives,

    Matthews, J. (2013). The Educational Imagination and the Sociology of Education in Australia. The Australian Educational Researcher, 1-17. Available at Online First on SpringerLink:http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/s13384-012-0083-7.

    Matthews, J. (2012). The Sociology of Education in Australia: A Political and Intellectual Trajectory, International Journal of Sociology of Education, 40: 1551-171. Available online at: http://www.hipatiapress.info/hpjournals/index.php/rise/article/view/94

    Matthews, J. (2012). Compassion, Geography and the Question of the Animal. Environmental Values, 21(2), 125-142.

    Richards, R. Sano, M. Roiko, A.H. Bussey, M.P. Matthews, J. & Smith, T.F. (2012). Bayesian Belief Modeling of Climate Change Iimpact for Informing Regional Adaptation Options. Environmental Modelling and Software. Available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2011.03.031

    MacGill, B. Matthews, J. Trevorrow, E. Abdulla, A. & Rankine, D. (2012). Ecology, Ontology and Pedagogy at Camp Coorong. M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture, 15(3), available at: http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/view/4

    Bussey, M. Carter, R.W.B. Keys, N. Carter, J. Mangoyana, R. Matthews, J. Nash, D., Oliver, J.Richards, R. Roiko, A., Sano, M. Thomsen, D.C. Weber, E. & Smith, T. F. (2011). Framing Adaptive Capacity through a History-Futures Lens: lessons from the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative. Futures, 44, 385–397

    Garlick, S. Matthews, J. & Carter, J. (2011). Countering Brutality to Wildlife, Relationism and Ethics: Conservation, Welfare and the ‘Ecoversity’. Animals, 1, 161-175.

    Matthews, J. (2011). Hybrid Pedagogies for Sustainability Education. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, 33(3) 260-277.

    Matthews, J. & Lawley, M. (2011). Student Satisfaction, Teacher Internships and the Case for a Critical Approach to International Education. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 25(2) 687-689.

    Smith, T. Daffra, P. O’Toole, K. Mathews, J., Thomsen, D. Inayatullah, S. Fien, J. & Graymore, M. (2011). Developing a Method for Building Community Resilience to Climate Change in Emerging Coastal Cities. Futures, 43(7) 673-679.

    Smith, T. Lynam, T. Preston, B. Matthews, J. Carter, B. Thomsen, D Carter, J., Roiko, A. Simpson, R, Waterman, P. Bussey, M. & Keys, N.E. (2010). Towards Enhancing Adaptive Capacity for Climate Change Response in South East Queensland. The Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. Available online at: http://www.massey.ac.nz/~trauma/issues/2010-1/tsmith.htm

    Matthews, J. & Singh, P. (2009). Visual Methods in the Social Sciences: Refugee Background Young People. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 4(10), 61-70. 

    Matthews, J. Smith, T. & Mangoyana, R. (2009). Conquest of the Peri-urban: Sustainability and Post colonialism. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 5(4), 125-135. 

    Matthews, J. Garlick, D. & Smith, T. (2009). Ecoversity: Towards a Sustainable Future. Journal of the World Universities Forum, 2(3), 113-124. 

    Matthews, J. & Kwangsook, C. (2008). Credible Witness: Identity, Refuge and Hospitality. Borderlands, 7(3), 1-15. 

    Garlick, S. Matthews, J. Carter, J. & Mayes, G. (2008). Beyond the Divide: University and Community Engagement, Wildlife and Relational Ethics. The Australasian Journal of Community Engagement, 2(2), 5-17.

    Gill J. Matthews, J. Zannettino, L. & Carroll, T. (2008). Thesis Writing as a Feminist Project: Negotiating Space for Women’s Embodied Selves in new Scholarship. Australian Feminist Studies, 23(56), 245-261. 

    Matthews, J. & Aberdeen, L. (2008). Reconnecting: Women and Reconciliation in Australia. Women’s Studies International Forum, 3(2), 89-95. 

    Matthews, J. (2008). Schooling and Settlement: Refugee Education in Australia. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 23(56), 31-47. 

    Ramirez, M. & Matthews, J. (2008). Living in the NOW: Young People from Refugee Backgrounds Pursuing Respect, Risk and Fun. Journal of Youth Studies, 11(1), 83-98. 

    Matthews, J. (2007). Eurasian Persuasions: Mixed Race, Performativity and Cosmopolitanism. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 28(1), 41-54. 

    Crowley, V. & Matthews, J. (2006). Museum, Memorial and Mall: Postcolonialism, Pedagogies, Racism and Reconciliation, Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 14(3), 236-277.

    Palmer, V, & Matthews, J. (2006). Excising Democracy: Ethical Irresponsibility, Refugees and Migration Zones. Social Alternatives, 25(3), 26-31.

    Matthews, J., & Sidhu, R. (2005). Desperately Seeking the Global Subject: International Education, Citizenship and Cosmopolitanism. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 3(1), 49-66.

    Matthews, J. (2005). www.antiracism: E-learning in Multicultural and Anti-racist. Education. Journal of Postcolonial Education, 3(1), 47-66.

    Matthews, J. (2005). Visual Culture and Critical pedagogy in ‘Terrorist Times’. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 26(2), 203-224.

    Sidhu, R. & Matthews, J. (2005). International Education for What? Under What Conditions? The Global Schoolhouse Project. Social Alternatives, 24(3), 6-12.

    Refereed Conference Papers 

    Takeda, A. & Matthews, J. (2009). Japanese Women, Marriage Migration and Cultural Identity: Thinking through Globalisation, Diaspora and Transnationalism. The Australian Sociological Association Conference, ANU, Canberra, 1-3 Dec.

    Matthews, J. (2009). Will Insects Inherit the Earth? Climate Changes, Sociology and Education, The Australian Sociological Association Conference. ANU, Canberra, 1-3 Dec.

    Lawley, M. Matthews, J. & Fleischman, D. (2009). Improving the International Student Experience: The Role of Community Engagement. Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy. (ANZMAC) Annual Conference. Crown Promenade, Melbourne, Dec 1-4.

    Garlick, S. & Matthews, J. (2009). Engaged Learning and Enterprise through the ‘Ecoversity’: Implementing an Engagement Theory to meet Sustainability Concerns. AUCEA National Conference, Whyalla, South Australia, 8-10 July.

    Singh, P. & Matthews, J. (2008). Visual Methodology and Ethnographic Un/Knowing. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Brisbane, 30 Nov.

    Garlick, S. Matthews, J. Carter, J. & Mayes, G. (2008). Beyond the Divide: University and Community Engagement, Wildlife and Relational Ethics. AUCEA National Conference, Engaging for Sustainable Future, University of the Sunshine Coast, July. Available online at: http://auceaconference.net.au/site-content/cms/documents/2008_Proceedings_Edit_Monday_22nd-1.pdf

    Smith, T F. O'Toole, K. Daffara, P. Matthews, J. & Thomsen, D.C. Inayatullah, I. Fein J. Greymore, M. (2008). Developing a Method to Build Community Resilience to Climate Change in Sea Change Communities. Proceedings of the Community Development and Ecology Conference. Available online at: http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/cchr/eco-cd-conf08/index.php.

    Aberdeen, L. & Matthews, J. (2005). New Dimensions: Women and Reconciliation in Australia, Proceedings of the Racism in the New World Order: Realities of Culture, Colour and Identity Conference. The University of the Sunshine Coast, 8-9 Dec. 


    Matthews, J. (2011). Public and Private Government Funding: Can Disadvantaged Children Slip through the System? Primary and Secondary Education Matters. Available online at: http://ebook.aprs.com.au/issue/36847?popup=subscribe.

    Matthews, J. (2010). Narrating our World: A Toolkit and Guide To Establishing a (NOW) Program in your Community or School Using Visual Tools for Understanding the Stories and Lives Of Refugee Young People. Booklet. The University of the Sunshine Coast, QLD.

    Matthews, J. (2007). Refugee Education. Queensland Association of English as a Second Language Newsletter. (4), 6-15.

    Matthews, J. & Aberdeen, L. (2006). Women and Reconciliation: The Nungeena Gathering, Video. Available: University of the Sunshine Coast, QLD.


  • 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. 

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