Dr Matthew Tieu

Academic Level B

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Matthew's formal qualifications span multiple disciplines across the biological sciences, humanities and social sciences. His PhD thesis applies a philosophical and lifespan developmental psychology perspective to understanding how a person's selfhood and sense of identity emerges during early childhood, develops and matures across the life course, and declines due to conditions such as depression and dementia. It has since been adapted into a book titled Self and Identity published by Routledge:Taylor & Francis.

After completing his PhD he spent several years mostly in casual research assistant roles in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences working across multiple groups on multiple qualitative and theoretical research projects, and in casual teaching roles in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences teaching topics in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, moral philosophy and political philosophy.

Outside of academia he has worked in various project, policy and advocacy roles, primarily in the area of bioethics and aged care.


PhD - Flinders University
MA - Univeristy of Adelaide
BSc/BA (Hons) - University of Adelaide

Honours, awards and grants

2023 - National Foundation for Australia China Relations (NFACR) - Grants Program ($300k)

2022 - Cancer Australia - Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme ($479k)

2020 - Vice Chancellor's Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - Flinders University

2015 - Flinders University Research Scholarship (FURS)

2004 - The Professor Sir William Mitchell Essay Prize - The University of Adelaide

Key responsibilities

Maintain and exemplify research integrity

Teaching interests

My philosophy of teaching and learning is captured by Noam Chomsky's views here on what it means to be truly educated.

Topics previously taught are listed below.


Topic Tutor

PHIL1010 Mind and World

PHIL1030 Ethics and Power (formerly "The Individual and Society")

GOVT1003 Revolutionary Ideas: Political & Economic

PHIL2603 Cognition and Consciousness

Topic coordinator
PHIL1010 Mind and World
PHIL2603 Cognition and Consciousness
Topic lecturer
PHIL1010 Mind and World
PHIL2603 Cognition and Consciousness
Supervisory interests
Applied philosophy, bioethical problems
Cognitive science
Dementia care
Moral and social philosophy
Research epistemology