Institute for Social Change
College of Arts, Law and Education
Professor Matthew Allen is Australia’s first Professor of Internet Studies, having established the world-leading Internet Studies department at Curtin University where he worked from 1993 to 2012. He then took up the role of Head of School, Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University (2013-2019) before moving to Tasmania to focus on his research. A former president of the Association of Internet Researchers, Matthew’s research covers topics including the history of the Internet, drug use and online communication, Australians’ development of broadband usage, and online learning and education: Matthew is also a co-editor of the prestigious Handbook of Internet Research. A nationally awarded educator (AAUT, 2000) and Fellow of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Matthew has extensive experience in leading and developing innovations in online learning. He joined the Institute for Social Change at the start of 2020 as an Adjunct Professor.