Dr Peter West taught in State and Catholic secondary schools in NSW. He has a BA Honours II.1, Dip Ed, M Ed (Sydney) and PhD (Alberta) . He was Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Western Sydney until 2007.
He was also Head, Research Group on Men and Families, University of Western Sydney, 1998-2007.
In 2000-2002 Peter was Researcher in Residence, The King’s School, Parramatta. While there he wrote (in cooperation with the School) Best Practice in Boys’ Education.
Peter is the author of many books and articles, notably: Fathers, Sons and Lovers: Men Talk about Their Lives from the 1930s to Today , Sydney, Finch, 1996 and What is the Matter with Boys? Choice, Sydney, 2002
As a specialist in boys' education, Peter gives many workshops for teachers and parents and is known as an entertaining speaker who motivates teachers and parents to do practical things to help boys achieve.
Peter has appeared in many radio and TV interviews, often speaking of the need for fathers to do more for children and suggesting that we do more to encourage boys’ learning.
He writes for The Conversation, www.onlineopinion.com.au as well as The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Internationally he writes for The Good Men Project (USA) and Daddilife.com (UK)
He is proud father of three children, two of them teaching in NSW schools. He has six grandchildren and enjoys giving them treats and fun times.