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 in journals including Research Policy, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review and the Australian Journal of Public Administration. I have published four books including The New Technologies of Freedom (AIER, 2020) and Cryptodemocracy: How Blockchain Can Radically Expand Democratic Choice (Lexington, 2019).

My research is high impact. My papers on SSRN have been downloaded over 12,000 times and have over 700 citations 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 such as the economics and regulation and technology. I also sit on several editorial boards.

My PhD in economics was passed outright at RMIT University in 2018 and won the RMIT Prize for Research Excellence (Higher Degree by Research – Enterprise).

Twitter: @DrDarcyAllen.