Personal profile


Neil Selwyn is a Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University who has worked for the past 28 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 has worked with a range of international organisations including the UN, UNESCO, OECD, Council of Europe, Fundación BBVA and various national government organisation and think-tanks. Neil is a regular media commentator (NYT, WSJ, CNN, Guardian, BBC, ABC), and also produces/ hosts 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 sustainability and eco-justice associated with digital technology use
  • Digital labor and education
  • Digital sociology of education

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Oxford

1 Oct 20231 Oct 2025

Visiting Professor, Goteborgs Universitet (University of Gothenburg)

1 Sept 20161 Aug 2017

Research area keywords

  • digital
  • education
  • policy
  • sociology
  • AI and data science
  • sustainability
  • Work