Senior Lecturer of Social Studies of Technology, University of Melbourne

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. In the HPS programme 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 currently funded research projects comprise...
a longitudinal examination of high speed broadband in the domestic context,
a comparative study of social networking in six locations across the Asia-Pacific,
a study to develop methods to assess social returns on investments in technologies,
a study of ethical and governance issues associated with the electronic health record, and
a study of online memorials.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne


  • 1995 
    Deakin University, PhD