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).

My research is high impact. My papers on SSRN have been downloaded over 9,500 times and I have over 500 citations and a H-index of 10 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.