Staff profile - Matthew Allen

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Prof Matthew Allen

Position: Head of School
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SCCA Arts & Ed
Campus: C4.03, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46750 +61 3 924 46750



Matthew Allen is Head of School, Communication and Creative Arts and Professor of Internet Studies, Deakin University. His primary focus is leading the school to achieve distinction, to be a great school for staff and students researching and studying the communicative and creative arts. He continues with research into the social consequences and cultural meanings of the Internet and related technologies. Matthew previously worked at Curtin University and was foundation Head of Department, Internet Studies 

Matthew is an innovative educator, a Teaching Fellow of the former Australian Learning and Teaching Council (having completed the project Learning in Networks of Knowledge in 2010) and received an Australian Award for University Teaching (2000). He is the author of various articles and papers on things Internet, as well as online learning, television, popular culture and Australian history. In 2012 he published Gaining a Past, Losing a Future: Web 2.0 and Internet Historicity (Media International Australia), Wikis as Individual Student Learning Tools: The Limitations of Technology (J ICT Education), and An Education In Facebook (Digital Culture and Education).

Biography summary

Matthew Allen is Head of School, Communication and Creative Arts and Professor of Internet Studies. A critic, researcher and educator in all things Internet, Matthew is a nationally awarded tertiary teacher and a former ALTC Teaching Fellow.


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney, 1987
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, 1991
  • Master of Arts, Murdoch University, 1998

Career highlights

Appointment as Professor of Internet Studies (Curtin, 2011)

ALTC Teaching Fellowship 2008

Australian Award for University Teaching 2000


Teaching Interests

Social Media, Internet Communications, Critical Thinking, Connectivity

Expertise categories

Expertise summary

I am an award-winning tetrtiary educator and researcher of online learning innovation; I am expert in social media, and the cultural and social changes evident in the development of the networked society.

Knowledge areas

e-learning (online learning, Internet-based learning and digital innovations)

broadband policy

social media

Internet research


Awards and prizes

Australian Award for University Teaching 2000
ALTC Teaching Fellowship 2008


Research interests

Social media, teaching and learning innovation, Internet Studies

Research page



Some recent publications:

Allen, M. (2013). What was Web 2.0? Versions as the dominant mode of internet history New Media and Society 15(2) 260–275

Barrett, M., Lenton, S. and Allen, M. (2013). Internet content regulation, public drug websites and the growth in hidden Internet services
Drugs, Education and Policy 20:3,195-202

Allen, M. (2012). An education in Facebook. Digital Culture & Education 4:3, 213-225.

Allen, M. (2012). Gaining a past, losing a future: Web 2.0 and internet historicity Media International Australia, No 143

Matthew Allen and Elaine Tay (2012), Wikis as Individual Student Learning Tools: The Limitations of Technology, International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education 8.2: 161-171.

Elaine Tay and Matthew Allen (2011), Designing social media into university learning: technology of collaboration or collaboration for technology?, Educational Media International, 48.3:151-163.

Allen, M. (2010). De–tooling Technology: networked computing as an environment, purpose and medium for social action. 3CMedia: Journal of Community, Citizens and Third Sector Media (Vol.6)

Allen, M. (2010). The experience of connectivity. Information, Communication and Society, 13.3: 350-374

Allen, M. (2009).Tim O’Reilly and Web 2.0: The economics of memetic liberty and control Communication, Politics and Culture 42 (2)

Allen, M. (2008). Web 2.0: An argument against convergence First Monday, 13:3

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