Paul Hernandez Martinez

Welcome to my website

I am a senior lecturer in Mathematics Education in the Department of Mathematics at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.
I study how people teach and learn mathematics at university and how their backgrounds and environments help or hinder their attainment and identification with the subject.

In these pages you can read more about my
background and academic work.


  • This year in July I will be attending an academic BEtreat in Grass Valley, California with Ettienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner. I will be studying how to characterise emotions from a Social Theory perspective.
Some recent publications
  • Hernandez-Martinez, P. and Vos, P. (2018). “Why do I need to learn this?” A case study on students' experiences of the relevance of mathematical modelling activities. ZDM Mathematics Education, 50(1-2), 245-257. doi: 10.1007/s11858-017-0904-2 
  • Kouvela, E., Hernandez-Martinez, P. and Croft, T. (2018). “This is what you need to be learning”: an analysis of messages received by first-year mathematics students during their transition to university. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 30(2), 165-183. doi: 10.1007/s13394-017-0226-2
  • ​​​Treffert-Thomas, S., Viirman, O., Hernandez-Martinez, P. and Rogovchenko, Y. (2017). Mathematics lecturers’ views on the teaching of mathematical modelling. Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education, 22(4), 121-145. Retrieved from
  • Black, L. and Hernandez-Martinez, P. (2016). Re-thinking science capital: the role of “capital” and “identity” in mediating students’ engagement with mathematically-demanding programmes at university. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, 35(3), 131-143. doi: 10.1093/teamat/hrw016