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Neil Selwyn is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University who has worked for the past 25 years researching the integration of digital technology into schools, universities and adult learning. He is recognised as a leading international researcher in the area of digital education - with particular expertise in the 'real-life' constraints and problems faced when technology-based education is implemented. He is currently working on nationally-funded projects examining the roll-out of educational data and learning analytics, AI technologies, and the changing nature of teachers' digital work.

Neil has carried out funded research on digital technology, society and education for the Australian Research Council (ARC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), British Academy, the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE)the BBC, Nuffield Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, Gates Foundation, Microsoft Partners in Learning, Becta, Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), Save The Children, Centre for Distance Education, the Welsh Office, National Assembly of Wales and various local authorities in the UK.
Neil is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences and a core member of the 'Digital Education Research' group within Monash. He also produces the 'Meet The Education Researcher' podcast - exploring the latest ideas from across the world of education research.

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Research interests

Main research interests
  • Digital technology and society
  • The use of digital technologies in educational settings
  • The role(s) that digital technologies play in people's everyday lives
  • Digital technology and social exclusion
  • Public policy making in the 'information age'


Current research and writing activities
  • AI, automation and data-driven education
  • Digital education futures
  • Issues of environmental and social justice associated with digital technology use
  • Digital labor and education
  • Digital sociology of education

External positions

Visiting Professor, Goteborgs Universitet (University of Gothenburg)

1 Sep 20161 Aug 2017

Research area keywords

  • digital
  • education
  • policy
  • sociology
  • data


Teachers' Digital Work - Lärares digitala arbete: Obalans i krav och stöd?

Bergviken Rensfeldt, A., Hillman, T., Peterson, L., Lundin, M. & Selwyn, N.


Project: Research

Research Output

Banning mobile phones from classrooms: an opportunity to advance understandings of technology addiction, distraction and cyberbullying

Selwyn, N. & Aagaard, J., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : British Journal of Educational Technology. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Postdigital Living in the Age of Covid-19: Unsettling What We See as Possible

Selwyn, N. & Jandric, P., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Postdigital Science and Education. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOther

Open Access

Re-imagining ‘Learning Analytics’ … a case for starting again?

Selwyn, N., Jul 2020, In : Internet and Higher Education. 46, 5 p., 100745.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The datafication of higher education: discussing the promises and problems

Selwyn, N. & Gasevic, D., 2020, In : Teaching in Higher Education. 25, 4, p. 527-540 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

The ‘obvious’ stuff: exploring the mundane realities of students’ digital technology use in school

Selwyn, N., Nemorin, S., Bulfin, S. & Johnson, N., 2020, In : Digital Education Review. 37, 14 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Press / Media

A world without schools is a sorry one

Neil Selwyn


1 Media contribution

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The threat circling human teachers and their profession

Neil Selwyn


1 Media contribution

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Retooling schools for an era of climate change

Neil Selwyn


1 Media contribution

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Getting the digital balance right

Neil Selwyn


1 Media contribution

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