Dr Neil Selwyn

  • Qualifications and position:
    • BA (Hons), PhD
    • Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research
  • Faculty:
    • Faculty of Children and Learning
  • Department:
    • Culture, Communications and Media
  • Centre:
  • Summary:
    • Neil Selwyn is a prominent international researcher in the field of education and technology, and in research on the sociology of technology (non)use in educational settings, digital exclusion, and the place of digital technology in public policymaking. He has directed more than 20 externally-funded research projects on these issues, funded by bodies such as the Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy and Spencer Foundation.

      He is the author and co-author of 8 books, and around 250 articles and book chapters. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, Russian, Italian and Portuguese. Dr. Selwyn has been a Visiting Scholar at the Monash University Faculty of Education (2012). He has taught and addressed conferences in more than 20 countries around the world, and his work has been disseminated in a wide range of print and broadcast media, nationally and internationally.
  • Teaching:
    • MA Module leader: 'Education & Technology: Key Issues and Debates'
      Contributing lecturer to various modules on MA programmes and Doctoral School training programme
  • Research Projects:
    • I have carried out funded research on digital technology, society and education for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), British Academy, the BBC, Nuffield Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, Microsoft Partners in Learning, Becta, Centre for Distance Education, the Welsh Office, National Assembly of Wales and various local authorities.

      I have carried out advisory and/or honorary consultancy work for a range of national and international organisations. These include the Council of Europe, OECD, Belgian Federal Science Policy Office, Futurelab, Institute for Public Policy Research, Demos, Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills 'Foresight Programme', OfCOM Consumer Panel.
  • Postgraduate Research:
    • I am happy to discuss the possibility of supervising PhD students in a variety of topics providing that (i) the topic is an interesting one and (ii) there is some consideration of the social, economic, cultural and/or political aspects of technology.

      Current students

      Berit Henriksen - 'Social media - a multimodal perspective' [ESRC scholarship],

      Chris Shelton - 'Beliefs about technology held by teachers in higher education'

      Daniela Boraschi - 'Technologies of school surveillance: a sociological analysis'

      Malini Gulati - 'Students' use of web 2.0 technologies in Higher Education' [IOE Centenary Scholarship]

      Anastasia Gouseti - 'Web 2.0 and e-twinning in secondary schools'

      Alfred Oti - 'An investigation of changing patterns of engagement and enrolment on digitally-related courses in Further Education'

      Shuang Zeng - 'Exploring the use of web 2.0 technology for supporting self-regulated learning in second language acquisition'

      Sam Chu - 'The use of Wiki technology in undergraduate education'

      Michael Lightfoot - 'ICT and secondary education in the Gulf region'

      Faezeh Seyedarabi - 'PoSTech (Personalised Search Tool for Teachers)'
  • Professional Activities:
    • Editor: Learning, Media and Technology (Taylor & Francis)
      Member of five other editorial boards
      External examiner (2007-2010) for undergraduate sociology degrees, University of Leicester
  • Conferences/presentations:
    • Keynote lectures and other invited presentations in China (on different occasions in Shanghai [x2], Beijing and Chongqing), Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Brazil (on different occasions in Campe Grande and Florianópolis), Chile, Canada, USA, Australia (on different occasions in Melbourne and Perth), New Zealand, Norway (on different occasions in Oslo and Lillehammer), Germany (on different occasions in Dresden, Bremen and Bielefeld), Spain, Portugal, Greece (on different occasions in Athens and Korinthos), Belgium, Poland and Hungary. In addition to this invited work, I have also regularly given papers/presentations at academic conferences – including most of the major conferences in my field (BSA, ESA, BERA and six papers at AERA).

Contact details

Contact details

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  • Address:
  • Culture, Communications and Media
    Institute of Education
    University of London
    20 Bedford Way
    London WC1H 0AL


  • Selwyn, N.  (2013) 'Education in a digital world: global perspectives on technology and education'. London, Routledge .
  • Selwyn, N.  (2011) 'Schools and schooling in the digital age: a critical perspective'. London, Routledge.
  • Selwyn, N.  (2011) 'Education and technology: key issues and debates'. London, Continuum .
  • Selwyn, N.,  Potter, J. and Cranmer, S.  (2010) 'Primary schools and ICT: learning from pupil perspectives'. London, Continuum .
  • Selwyn, N., Gorard, S.  and Furlong, J.  (2005) 'Adult learning in the digital age'. London, Routledge.
  • Selwyn, N. (2002) 'Telling tales on technology: qualitative studies of technology and education'. Aldershot, Ashgate.
  • Selwyn, N., and  Gorard, S. (2002) 'The information age: technology, learning and exclusion' . Cardiff, University of Wales Press .