Associate Professor of Education Leadership
Australian Catholic University, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education
Phil Riley, a former school principal, spent 16 years in schools before moving to the tertiary sector. He researches the overlapping space of psychology, education and leadership, producing >200 publications and peer reviewed conference presentations.
He has been awarded ~$8 million in research funding including 3 prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants. In 2010 Phil’s research was recognised with an inaugural Monash Researcher Accelerator award. This award funded the first two years of The Australian Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey, the first independent research project into principals’ occupational health and wellbeing.He has since won the Dean’s award for Excellence by an Early Career Researcher, and the award for Excellence in Innovation and External Collaboration, at Monash in 2011. In 2015, Phil won the International Study Association of Teachers and Teaching Award for Most Outstanding Article of 2014. In 2017 Phil won the ACEL Victoria Research Award.
He has presented international Keynote addresses (Germany, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, France, Hungary and New Zealand) and numerous Keynote addresses to industry groups in all states and territories of Australia. The Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey is now conducted in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.