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    Research areas

  • digital, education, policy, sociology, data


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 was editor of the journal 'Learning, Media and Technology' (2010-2016), and a regular keynote speaker at international conferences. Neil is a core member of the 'Learning with New Media' 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
  • Data and education
  • The realities of how schools 'do' digital technology
  • 'Proxy' internet users
  • Digital labor and education
  • Digital sociology of education

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