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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 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

Projects 2013 2022

Research Output 1996 2019

Approches Critiques Des Technologies En Éducation: Un Aperçu

Translated title of the contribution: Critical approaches to technology in education: an overviewSelwyn, N., 2019, In : Formation et profession. 27, 3, p. 6-21 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Banning mobile phones in schools: beneficial or risky?

Selwyn, N., Nov 2019, The Conversation Yearbook 2019: 50 standout articles from Australia’s top thinkers. Watson, J. (ed.). 1st ed. Melbourne Vic Australia: Melbourne University Press, p. 48-51 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Other

Deep learning goes to school: toward a relational understanding of AI in education

Perrotta, C. & Selwyn, N., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Learning, Media and Technology. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Digital media in higher education

Selwyn, N. & Pangrazio, L., 2019, The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy . Hobbs, R. & Mihailidis, P. (eds.). 1st ed. Hoboken NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Vol. 1. p. 362-375 14 p. (ICAZ - Wiley Blackwell-ICA International Encyclopedias of Communication).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryOtherpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

Education recoded: policy mobilities in the international ‘learning to code’ agenda

Williamson, B., Bergviken Rensfeldt, A., Player-Koro, C. & Selwyn, N., 2019, In : Journal of Education Policy. 34, 5, p. 705-725 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Press / Media

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

Press/Media: Article/Feature