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Prof Matthew Allen



Head of School


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


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



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).

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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.

Career highlights

Appointment as Professor of Internet Studies (Curtin, 2011)

ALTC Teaching Fellowship 2008

Australian Award for University Teaching 2000

Research interests

Social media, teaching and learning innovation, Internet Studies

Teaching interests

Social Media, Internet Communications, Critical Thinking, Connectivity

Knowledge areas

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

broadband policy

social media

Internet research


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.
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Internet/world wide web
  • Media
  • Technology
  • Virtual worlds/social networking


Australian Award for University Teaching 2000
ALTC Teaching Fellowship 2008


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Constructive activism in the dark web : cryptomarkets and illicit drugs in the digital 'demimonde'

A Maddox, M Barratt, M Allen, S Lenton

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 111-126, Information, communication & society, Abingdon, Eng., C1


'What if you live on top of a bakery and you like cakes?'-Drug use and harm trajectories before, during and after the emergence of Silk Road

M Barratt, S Lenton, A Maddox, M Allen

(2016), Vol. 35, pp. 50-57, International journal of drug policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


The importance of broadband for socio-economic development: a perspective from rural Australia

J Freeman, S Park, C Middleton, M Allen

(2016), Vol. 20, pp. 1-18, Australasian journal of information systems, Bruce, A.C.T., C1


The multi-layers of digital exclusion in rural Australia

S Park, J Freeman, C Middleton, M Allen, R Eckermann, R Everson

(2015), pp. 3631-3640, HICSS 2015 : Proceedings of the 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Kauai, Hawaii, E1


Gaming privacy: a Canadian case study of a co-created privacy literacy game for children

K Raynes-Goldie, M Allen

(2014), Vol. 12, pp. 414-426, Surveillance and society, Kingston, Ontario, C1


"Pma sounds fun" : negotiating drug discourses online

M Barratt, M Allen, S Lenton

(2014), Vol. 49, pp. 987-998, Substance use & misuse, Abingdon, Eng., C1


The social processes of Web 2.0 collaboration: towards a new model for virtual learning

S Quinton, M Allen

(2014), pp. 35-53, Curriculum models for the 21st century. Using learning technologies in higher education, New York, N.Y., B1


What was web 2.0? Versions as the dominant mode of internet history

M Allen

(2013), Vol. 15, pp. 260-275, New media and society, London, England, C1


Internet content regulation, public drug websites and the growth in hidden Internet services

M Barratt, S Lenton, M Allen

(2013), Vol. 20, pp. 195-202, Drugs, education and policy, Abingdon, England, C1


An education in Facebook

M Allen

(2012), Vol. 4, pp. 213-225, Digital culture and education, Online, C1-1


Gaining a past, losing a future : Web 2.0 and internet historicity

M Allen

(2012), Vol. 143, pp. 99-109, Media international Australia, St Lucia, Qld., C1-1


Wikis as individual student learning tools : the limitations of technology

M Allen, E Tay

(2012), Vol. 8, pp. 61-71, International journal of information and communication technology education, Hershey, Pa., C1-1


Research in action for community informatics : a matter for conversation

M Allen, M Foth

(2011), Vol. 7, pp. 1-5, Journal of community informatics, Vancouver, Canada, C1-1


Designing social media into university learning : technology of collaboration or collaboration for technology?

E Tay, M Allen

(2011), Vol. 48, pp. 151-163, Educational media international, Oxon, England, C1-1


Web 2.0 from the ground up : defining the participatory web in its own terms

M Allen

(2011), pp. 129-130, AoIR 2011 : Proceedings of the12th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers : Internet Research 12.0 - Performance and Participation, Seattle, Wash., E1-1


De-tooling technology : networked computing as an environment, purpose and medium for social action

M Allen

(2010), pp. 1-10, 3 C media, Alexandria, N.S.W., C1-1


The experience of connectivity : results from a survey of Australian internet users

M Allen

(2010), Vol. 13, pp. 350-374, Information, communication and society, Oxon, England, C1-1



M Allen

(2010), pp. 21-24, International handbook of internet research, Dordrecht , Germany, B1-1


The social side of social media : technology or collaboration?

E Tay, M Allen

(2010), Proceedings of the 19th Annual Teaching Learning Forum : Educating for Sustainability, Perth, W. A., E1-1


The experience of connectivity : how internet users characterize the underlying importance of the internet and what that means for the way they engage online

M Allen

(2009), AoIR 2009 : Proceedings of the10th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers : Internet Research 10.0 ? Internet: Critical, Milwaukee, Wis., E1-1


Tim O'Reilly and web 2.0 : the economics of memetic liberty and control

M Allen

(2009), Vol. 42, pp. 6-23, Communication, politics and culture, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


Authentic assessment and the internet : contributions within knowledge networks

M Allen

(2009), pp. 1-6, E-Learn 2009 : Proceedings of the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Vancouver, Canada, E1-1


E-governance as digital ecosystem : a new way to think about citizen engagement and the internet?

M Balnaves, M Allen

(2009), pp. 9-14, ICEG 2009 : Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on E-Governance, Boston, Mass., E1-1


Learning as knowledge networking : conceptual foundations for revised uses of the internet in higher education

M Allen, J Long

(2009), pp. 652-657, WCECS 2009 : Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science 2009, San Francisco, Calif., E1-1


Web 2.0 : an argument against convergence

M Allen

(2008), Vol. 13, First monday, Bridgman, Mich., C1-1


Broadband technologies, techno-optimism and the 'hopeful' citizen

M Allen

(2006), pp. 1525-1547, International handbook of virtual learning environments, Dordrecht , Netherlands, B1-1


Domesticating the internet : content regulation, virtual nation-building and the family

M Allen, J Long

(2004), pp. 229-240, Virtual nation : the Internet in Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., B1-1


Dematerialised data and human desire : the Internet and copy culture

M Allen

(2003), pp. 26-33, CW'03 : Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Cyberworlds, Singapore, E1-1


Hacking the undernet : libertarian limits, commercial containment

J Long, M Allen

(2001), Vol. 28, pp. 37-54, Australian journal of communication, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1


Desiring the interface : introducing technoculture

M Allen

(2001), pp. 5-9, Media international Australia, St Lucia, Qld., C1-1


From classes to communities : internet-based learning - time-space - and individual-group identity

M Allen

(2001), SSGRR 2001 : Proceedings of International Conference on Advances in Infrastructure for Electronic Business, Science, and Education on the Internet, L?Aquila, Italy, E1-1


Are we yet cyborgs? University students and the practical consequences of human-machine subjectivity

M Allen

(1998), Vol. 30, pp. 597-600, Computer networks and ISDN systems, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Channel surfing in academic television

M Allen

(1995), Vol. 22, pp. 84-94, Australian journal of communication, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

China's Internet Innovation and Governance in the Xi Jinping Era: Big Initiatives, Power Dynamics and Global Impacts

Dr Jian Xu, Prof Matthew Allen, Dr Weishan Miao

  • 2018: $7,000

Other Funding Sources

TrISMA - Tracking Infrastructure for Social Media Analysis

A/Prof Axel Bruns, A/Prof Jean Burgess, Dr John Banks, Mr Dian Wirawan Tjondronegoro, A/Prof Alexander Dreiling, Prof John Hartley, Dr Tama Leaver, Dr Anne Aly, Dr Timothy Highfield, Dr Rowan Wilken, A/Prof Ellie Rennie, Dr Dean Lusher, Prof Matthew Allen, Prof David Marshall, A/Prof Kristin Demetrious

  • 2016: $20,595
  • 2015: $35,819


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