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. You can visit my institutional webpage here.


If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident, the Research Training Program Stipend Scholarships are open for applications. If you are interested in doing a PhD in Mathematics Education, contact me to discuss your application. You can see my research interests here along with a couple of research projects that I would be interested in supervising.
Some recent publications
  • Alcock, L., Hernandez-Martinez, P., Godwin Patel, A. and Sirl, D. (In press). Study Habits and Attainment in Undergraduate Mathematics: A Social Network Analysis. Accepted for publication in Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.
  • 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 
  • ​​​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