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Carlo Perrotta is Senior Lecturer in Digital Literacies in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. He is interested in the sociological and psychological ramifications of digital technology in education. His current research focuses on data-driven educational processes, digitally automated pedagogies and AI-driven education.

Before joining Monash in 2018, Carlo held research posts at the University of Leeds, UK and the UCL-Institute of Education in London. Prior to Academia, Carlo worked for Futurelab, a UK-based, non-for-profit ‘think-tank’ that explored the potential of digital technology in education. 

Carlo has published on a variety of topics related to digital technology in education, including the social and political accountability of algorithms in education, the ethical use of video games in schools and socio-material analyses of digital education. His research as PI and Co-I has been funded by leading international bodies such as the European Commission, the ESRC, the Society for Educational Studies, as well as private donors (e.g. Microsoft and Cisco Systems).

Supervision interests

I am very interested in supervising students in the following areas:

  • Automation and the development of learning analytics infrastructures in education (from a sociological perspective)
  • Digital literacies
  • Critical/mixed-methods studies of data in education

One thing I would emphasise to PhD candidates is the need for a clear theoretical stance in the proposal, based on a reasonable understanding of social-scientific approaches (the ones I am familiar with are from sociology, social psychology and cultural studies). 

Research area keywords

  • Shaping digital futures
  • Transforming teaching and learning
  • digital literacies
  • data and society
  • Learning Analytics


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