• Social Studies of Technology (community informatics, domestic technologies, communications technologies)



  • Dr Michael Arnold completed a Ph.D in educational computing at Deakin University with a thesis entitled "Educational Cybernetics: Communication and Control With and of Logo." His on-going research activities and interests lie at the intersection of computer-based technologies and our society and culture. Michael was a secondary school teacher - at Caulfield High School and Thomastown Secondary College, and retains an interest in the use of technology in education.

    In the years since leaving secondary teaching Michael lectured in Information Management and Information Systems Design at the Faculty of Education at Melbourne University. Michael is currently Discipline Chair for the History and Philosophy of Science programme where he teaches and writes about a variety of subjects relating to digital technologies in the social context.

    Michael was also a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technology at Cambridge University, is a founding committee member of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (Australian Chapter), and is an Australian committee member of the Community Informatics Research Network.

    Michael's current and recent research projects include...

    1. an examination of the implications of the NBN for the domestic media ecology (current ARC Discovery),
    2. an examination of the use of digital media to commemorate the dead (current ARC Discovery),
    3. a comparative study of social networking in six locations across the Asia-Pacific (recent ARC Discovery),
    4. a longitudinal examination of high speed broadband in the domestic context (funded by ACCAN),
    5. an examination of consumer attitudes to the NBN (funded by IBES),
    6. a study of ethical and governance issues associated with the electronic health record (funded by IBES).



Member of

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Society on Social Implications of Technology (Aust. Chapter) 2006 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, Deakin University 1995
  • GDipCE, Melbourne College of Advanced Education 1982
  • HDT(S), Melbourne College of Advanced Education 1974



Available for supervision

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