Dr Matthew Tieu

Research Fellow

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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

Matthew's formal qualifications span multiple discplines across the biological sciences, humantities and social sciences (molecular and cell biology, philosophy, cognitive science, moral psychology, social psychology, and applied ethics). He has taught topics in the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, philosophy of religion, epistemology, moral philosophy, applied ethics, and political theory here at Flinders University and previously at the University of Adelaide. He has also worked in various project and advocacy roles outside of academia, primarily in the area of bioethics, aged care and public policy.

He completed his PhD here at Flinders University in 2019, which focused on human selfhood and identity and what it means to promote or maintain its continuity in dementia care. His thesis was recently adapted into a book titled Self and Identity, published by Routledge. It explores how our selfhood and sense of identity emerges during early childhood, develops and matures across the life course, and declines due to conditions such as dementia and depression. It is available here and in all good bookstores!

Given such an eclectic background, he is uniquely equipped to apply a transdisciplinary and biopsychosocial lens to understanding and investigating care provision in various contexts across the life course. Thus far it has led to multiple research collaborations and partnerships across several areas of focus, in particular, fundamental care, aged care, dementia care, cancer survivorship, knowledge translation, health economics, and digital health technology. It has also yielded publications in high ranking journals spanning multiple fields.

His previous and ongoing research forms an important foundation for exploring more deeply the intersections of identity, society, technology, aging, care needs, and a meaningful life.


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

Honours, awards and grants

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

2022 - Cancer Australia - Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme

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

Research in the Caring Life Course Theory and Fundamentals of Care program at the Caring Futures Institute (CFI) in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS).

Teaching interests

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


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