Biography

I am an academic economist and writer. I am currently working on the economics and political economy of blockchain as a Research Fellow in the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub in Australia. I study blockchain as a new type of economic infrastructure and the implications of this for the global economy. My research has been published across economics, law and public policy. My latest book is Cryptodemocracy: How Blockchain Can Radically Expand Democratic Choice (Lexington, 2019). In 2020 my forthcoming book is The New Technologies of Freedom.

My research is high impact. My papers on SSRN have been downloaded over 10,000 times and I have over 500 citations and a H-index of 11 on Google Scholar. My commentary and findings have appeared widely across the print and electronic media (including front page national coverage). I have appeared as an expert witness to provide evidence before a range of state and federal parliamentary inquiries on topics including the economics and regulation and criminal justice reform. I also sit on several editorial boards and edit a book series. 

I am affiliated as an Academic Fellow of the Worldwide Blockchain Innovation Association, an Adjunct Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, an Academic Fellow with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, and an¬†Academic Affiliate of the University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies.

My PhD in economics, The Private Governance of Entrepreneurship: An Institutional Approach to Entrepreneurial Discovery, was passed outright at RMIT University in 2017 and won the RMIT Prize for Research Excellence (Higher Degree by Research – Enterprise).

Twitter: @DrDarcyAllen.