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Associate Professor in Higher Education, The University of Melbourne

Martin Davies has doctorates in Philosophy from the University of Adelaide (2002) and Flinders University (1994). He received the H. J. Allen Prize in Philosophy from the University of Adelaide in 2002. From 2009 to 2011 he was Associate Professor and Director of the Williams Centre fir Learning Advancement in the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne and an Honorary Fellow in Economics. An author of 80+ scholarly papers and six books, his latest is an edited collection with Emeritus Professor Ron Barnett (London) entitled Critical Thinking in Higher Education (Palgrave, February 2015).


  • 2014–present
    Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2014–present
    Senior Learning Advisor, Federation University Australia
  • 2010–2014
    Associate Professor, University of Melbourne


  • 2002 
    University of Adelaide, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2000 
    University of Adelaide, Graduate Diploma in Education
  • 1994 
    Flinders University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1987 
    Flinders University, Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
  • 1986 
    Deakin University, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2015
    The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education, New York: Palgrave MacMillan. 9781137378033
  • 2011
    Study Skills for International Postgraduate Studies, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMIllan.140 399 580 X
  • 2010
    Interdisciplinary Higher Education: Perspectives and Practicalities, (with Marcia Devlin and Malcolm Tight) (Vol. 5). Bingley: Emerald 1479-3628
  • 2006
    The Nature of Knowing: A Resource Manual for Understanding Knowledge, (with K. H. Sievers) Melton, Melbourne: Ibid Press.987 1 876659 01 1
  • 2003
    The Philosophy of Sir William Mitchell (1961-1962): A Mind's Own Place, (Vol. 73). Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press.0 7734 6733 5
  • 1996
    Experience and Content: Consequences of a Continuum Theory, Hants, Aldershot: Avebury.1 85972 342 X

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Association of Philosophy
  • Higher Education Research and Development Association (Australasia)

Research Areas

  • Philosophy Of Cognition (220312)
  • Philosophy Of Mind (Excl. Cognition) (220314)
  • Philosophical Psychology (Incl. Moral Psychology And Philosophy Of Action) (220311)
  • Educational Psychology (170103)
  • History And Philosophy Of Education (220202)
  • Higher Education (130103)


H. J. Allen Prize in Philosophy, University of Adelaide (2002); Australia Day Award Nomination (2016 and 2017); Vice Chancellor's Award (2018)