Prof Neil Selwyn

Prof Neil Selwyn


neilSelwynNeil Selwyn is a Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. He has worked previously at the Institute of Education – University of 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 co-editor of the journal ‘Learning, Media and Technology‘, and a regular keynote speaker at international conferences.

Research interests:

  • Information technology (IT) 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 & writing activities
  • Digital technology use in secondary schools
  • Data and educational institutions
  • Proxy internet use


Recent articles in academic journals

Selwyn, N. et al.  (2015)  ‘Exploring the role of digital data in contemporary schools and schooling’   British Education Research Journal  [forthcoming]

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,

White, P. and Selwyn, N.  (2013) ‘Moving on-line: an analysis of patterns of adult internet use in the UK between 2002 and 2010’  Information, Communication and Society  16, 1

Selwyn, N. (2012) ‘Making sense of young people, education and digital technology: the role of sociological theory’ Oxford Review of Education  38, 1

Recent books

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

Selwyn, N.   (2011)   ‘Education and technology: key issues and debates‘  London, Bloomsbury  [second edition in preparation for 2016]

Selwyn, N. (2011) Schools and schooling in the digital age: a critical analysis London, Routledge

Media appearances

Watch the Teachers TV program ‘Online social networks – friend or foe?’ in which myself, John Potter, Lyndsay Grant and others discuss the potential and pitfalls of web 2.0 in education – March 2008

Radio interview on computers in the classroom with Red Symons as part of the ABC Melbourne breakfast show – March 2012

I am interviewed as part of the OE1 Radiokolleg programme on education and technology – ‘Lernen in der Netzwerkgeellschaft’ – May 2012 [in German]