Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics and Socio-Technical Studies, Griffith University

Dr. David Tuffley is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics and SocioTechnical Studies at Griffith University’s School of ICT. A regular contributor to mainstream media on the social impact of technology, David is a recognized expert in his field. Before academia David worked as an IT Consultant in Australia and the United Kingdom, a role he continues to perform when not educating the next generation of IT professionals. David is an engaging science communicator of many years experience.

David came to the tech world from the Humanities, having studied Psychology, Anthropology and English literature at the University of Queensland in the 1980's. David is an accomplished professional speaker and forum moderator.

David's formal qualifications include PhD (Software Engineering), Master of Philosophy (Information Systems), Grad Cert in Higher Education (all from Griffith University), Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology, English Literature, Anthropology (University of Queensland). David also completed an Associate Diploma in Health Surveying at the Queensland Institute of Technology (now QUT), working as a Health Surveyor in Ayr and Charleville (1978-1981).


  • 1999–present
    Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics & Sociotechnical Studies, School of ICT - Griffith University
  • 2004–present
    Research fellow, Institute of Integrated & Intelligent Systems (Research Institute, Griffith University)


  • 2009 
    Griffith University, PhD Software Engineering
  • 2005 
    Griffith University, M Phil, Information Systems
  • 2005 
    Griffith University, Grad Cert in Higher Education
  • 1982 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977 
    Queensland University of Technology, Assoc Dip in Health Surveying

Research Areas

  • Software Engineering (080309)
  • Information Systems (0806)
  • Applied Ethics (2201)
  • Anthropology (1601)
  • Technology (10)


Vice-Chancellor's Media Excellence Award, Griffith University 2015.