Neil Selwyn is a Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. He has worked previously at the Institute of Education – University College London, Cardiff University and the University of Bristol (all UK). Neil’s 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 Gates Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, Microsoft Partners in Learning, Becta, Centre for Distance Education, the Welsh Office, National Assembly of Wales and various local authorities.
Neil is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences, and media commentator on issues relating to digital technology and education.
- Digital technology and society
- The use of digital technologies in education settings
- The role(s) that digital technologies play in people’s everyday lives
- Digital technology and social exclusion
- Public policy making in the digital age
Current research & writing activities:
- Digital technology use in secondary schools
- Data and education
- Digital labor and education
- Proxy internet use
Recent articles in academic journals
Selwyn, N. (2016) ‘There’s so much data: the realities of data-based school governance’ European Educational Research Journal 15, 1.
Selwyn, N. et al. (2015) ‘Exploring the role of digital data in contemporary schools and schooling’ British Education Research Journal 41, 5
Selwyn, N. and Facer, K. (2014) ‘The sociology of education and technology: past, present and future’ Oxford Review of Education 40, 4
Selwyn, N. (2013) ”Micro’ politics: mapping the origins of schools computing as a field of education policy’ History of Education 42, 5,
Selwyn, N. (2017) ‘Education and technology: key issues and debates‘ London, Bloomsbury
Selwyn, N. (2016) ‘Is technology good for education?‘ Cambridge, Polity
Selwyn, N. (2014) ‘Digital technology and the contemporary university: degrees of digitization‘ London, Routledge
Selwyn, N. (2014) ‘Distrusting educational technology: critical questions for changing times‘ New York, Routledge
Selwyn, N. and Facer, K. [eds] (2013) ‘The politics of education and technology: conflicts, controversies and connections‘ New York, Palgrave Macmillan
Selwyn, N. (2013) ‘Education in a digital world: global perspectives on technology and education‘ New York, Routledge
Featured interview on ABC Radio National program ‘Future Tense’ with Antony Funnell, discussing the future of schools and schooling in the digital age – February 2016
Featured guest on ABC Radio ‘Nightlife’ with Tony Delroy, discussing schools and technology – June 2016