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Personal profile


Neil Selwyn is a professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. His research and teaching focuses on the place of digital media in everyday life, and the sociology of technology (non)use in educational settings.

Neil has written extensively on a number of issues, including digital exclusion, education technology policymaking and the student experience of technology-based learning. He 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 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.

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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


  • digital
  • education
  • policy
  • sociology
  • data

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Projects 2013 2018

Evaluation of the KNeo ESP Application

Sharma, U., Moore, D. W., Selwyn, N., Gasevic, D. & Hamdillah, C.


Project: Research

BBC Education Working Group Report

Selwyn, N.


Project: Research

Out-teach Mobile Education Evaluation

Reimer, K. E., Pangrazio, L. & Selwyn, N.

Save the Children


Project: Research

Research Output 2006 2019

What is digital sociology?

Selwyn, N., 2019, 1st ed. Cambridge UK: Polity Press. 152 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookOtherpeer-review

Doing data differently? developing personal data tactics and strategies amongst young mobile media users

Selwyn, N. & Pangrazio, L., 15 Mar 2018, In : Big Data & Society. 5, 1, p. 1-12 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Everyday Schooling in the Digital Age: High School, High Tech?

Selwyn, N., Nemorin, S., Bulfin, S. & Johnson, N. F., 1 Jan 2018, Abingdon UK: Routledge. 193 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

More than tools? Making sense of the ongoing digitizations of higher education

Castañeda, L. & Selwyn, N., 1 Dec 2018, In : International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education. 15, 10 p., 22.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Selling tech to teachers: Education trade shows as policy events

Player-Koro, C., Bergviken Rensfeldt, A. & Selwyn, N., 2018, In : Journal of Education Policy. 33, 5, p. 682-703 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review