Prof Neil Selwyn

Faculty of Education, Monash University


Neil 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
  • The discursive construction of MOOCs
  • Open data and educational institutions
  • Digital technology and the contemporary university



Recent articles in academic journals
  • 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
  • Selwyn, N.  (2011)  'Its all about standardization' - exploring the digital reconfiguration of school management and administration' Cambridge Journal of Education  41, 4
  • Selwyn, N.  (2010)  'Looking beyond learning: notes towards the critical study of educational technology’ Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 26, 1


Recent books


Media appearances
Links to some online writing and papers (in English)
Links to some online writing and papers (in Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French)