Dr Matthew McDonald is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (Division of Academics, Researchers & Teachers). His research interests include the social psychology of work, leisure and political economy, and the application of Continental philosophy (Nietzsche, Heidegger, Beauvoir, Foucault, critical theory) to psychology.
His current research is focused on questions of gender in Vietnam from a philosophical and psychological perspective. He is supervising several Vietnamese higher degree research students (PhDs and MA) conducting projects on Vietnamese women and the formation of their self and identity.
He combines this with his personal interest in Vietnamese history and cinema.
Matthew was born in Australia and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Technology, Sydney. In Australia he has held academic positions at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney, in Thailand, Assumption University, Bangkok, in England, Roehampton University, London and in Vietnam, RMIT University.
Matthew has published in a range of peer reviewed journals including Gender, Technology and Development, Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Social Psychology and Personality Compass. To date he has co-authored four books: Social Psychology and Theories of Consumer Culture: A Political Economy Perspective (Routledge), Critical Social Psychology: An Introduction (2nd ed.) (Palgrave), Epiphanies: An Existential Philosophical & Psychological Inquiry (VDM) and What To Do With Your Psychology Degree (McGraw-Hill).