Dr Matthew Ericson

BEc(Hons)(Sydney), MPP(Hons)(Sydney), PhD(Monash)

Honorary Senior Lecturer


Phone: +61 (0)415 442  275

Fax: +61 (0)2 9351  5027

Building.Room: A35.

Research interests

Learning sciences; psychology of education

  • Assessment and evaluation

Social work and social policy

  • Social policy
  • Social work in health care

Professional biography

Matthew Ericson is a leading quantitative public policy specialist in the health and social services fields. He has worked in teaching, research and administration roles within the government, academic and non profit sectors in Australia and Asia.

Matt is currently undertaking a review of education-based broadband services for the Commonwealth Department of Education, as well as a review of the geographic distribution of disadvantage for Jesuit Social Services and Catholic Social Services Australia.


Current projects

  • DROPPING OFF THE EDGE: THE DISTRIBUTION OF DISADVANTAGE IN AUSTRALIA (Funded by Jesuit Social Services & Catholic Social Services Australia).
  • BROADBAND ENABLED EDUCATION AND SKILLS SERVICES PROGRAMME (Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education & Department of Communications).

Selected publications


Journal articles

  • Vinson, Tony, and Matthew Ericson . (2014). The Social Dimensions of Happiness and Life Satisfaction of Australians: Evidence from the World Values Survey. International Journal of Social Welfare, 23(3), 240–253. DOI:DOI: 10.1111/ijsw.12062
  • Ericson, Matthew, and Pagna Kim . (2011). How road traffic injuries affect household welfare in Cambodia using MDG Benchmarks. Asian Studies Review , 35(2), 209–234. DOI:10.1080/10357823.2011.575209
  • Ericson, Matthew . (2010). Two-wheel tractors: Road safety issues in Laos and Cambodia. Safety Science , 48(5), 537–543. DOI:10.1016/j.ssci.2010.01.003
  • Ericson, Matthew. (2008). Infrastructure and the Vision Thing. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 67(4), 405–418. DOI:10.1111/j.1467-8500.2008.00598.x