About me

Dr Darcy Allen is an academic economist and writer working on the economics and political economy of blockchain. He is a Research Fellow in the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub

His academic research has been published across journals on topics including entrepreneurial theory, political economy and the economics of regulation (including Research Policy, International Journal of the Commons, Review of Austrian Economics). His latest book is Cryptodemocracy: How Blockchain Can Radically Expand Democratic Choice (Lexington, 2019). His working papers on SSRN have been downloaded over 9,000 times (placing him in the top 2% of authors) and he has over 500 Google Scholar citations

Dr Allen also engages in public debate. His commentary and research findings have appeared widely across the print and electronic media (including in The Australian, Australian Financial Review, Herald Sun, The West Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald). He has appeared as an expert witness to provide evidence before a range of state and federal parliamentary inquiries (cited in reports in the Australian Senate, Queensland Parliament, Victorian Legislative Assembly and Productivity Commission reports). 

He also has a range of think tank and association affiliations including 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. He is also a Founding Member of the International Society for the Study of Decentralized Governance and an Academic Affiliate of the University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies.

He sits on the editorial board of The Journal of the British Blockchain Association and Frontiers in Blockchain, is an editor of a book series (The RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub Series on the Social Science of Blockchain, Palgrave) and is a former editor of a magazine.

Dr Allen’s award-winning 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). His thesis was described as a ‘first rate piece of research’ that ‘opens up entirely new analytical vistas’. Prior to this he was awarded first class honours majoring in economics and finance in 2012.

His Twitter is @DrDarcyAllen.