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Dr Paul Hernandez Martinez

Senior Lecturer


Paul holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, and an MEd and a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of Leeds, UK. After completing his PhD, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at The University of Manchester, and later on took a position as Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Loughborough University, in the UK, before being appointed to his current post as Senior Lecturer.
His research is in college/university education, specialising in socio-cultural learning theories. He is interested in issues of transition to university, identity, resilience and anxiety, alienation and emotions in the teaching and learning of mathematics. You can read a full description of his research interests and the current and previous projects he has been involved in, by visiting his personal webpage at: 

Research interests

Education; Sociology; Mathematical modelling

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Principal Coordinating Supervisor students as Masters & Doctoral Supervision.

PhD topics and outlines

Social capital and the learning of mathematics: The concept of social capital (friendships, peer study groups, etc.) is important to understand how learning happens as a social activity. This project will study how mathematics students develop their social capital and if different distributions of such capital affect the learning and attainment in the subject. 

Studying mathematics teaching practices that encourage positive emotions in students. : This project aims to research what different students find enjoyable/engaging in the different teaching practices that they experience, and if these practices have an effect in their learning and subsequent attainment in mathematics. The research is expected to be framed in social learning theories, and how emotions can be conceptualised through these frameworks.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Sociology Of Education - 390203
  • Mathematics And Numeracy Curriculum And Pedagogy - 390109
  • Higher Education - 390303


  • 2018, Swinburne, FSET Teaching Excellence Award (Most Innovative Welcome Video), Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • 2017, Other, Maria Agnessi Fellowship, Loughborough University


Also published as: Hernandez Martinez, Paul; Hernandez Martinez, P.; Hernandez-Martinez, P.; Hernandez-Martinez, Paul; Martinez, P. H.; Martinez, Paul H.; Martinez, Paul Hernandez
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