Dr Darcy Allen is an academic economist and writer. He is currently working on the economics of blockchain technology at the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub. His research seeks to understand and design decentralised digital infrastructures. He works closely with industry partners to develop new business models underpinned by blockchain technology.
Dr Allen's research has been published across economics, law and public policy. He has published over 15 journal articles and 4 books including When Entrepreneurs Meet: The Collective Governance of new Ideas (World Scientific, 2020), The New Technologies of Freedom (AIER, 2020) and Cryptodemocracy: How Blockchain Can Radically Expand Democratic Choice (Lexington, 2019). Dr Allen's papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) have been downloaded over 16,000 times (placing him in the top 1% of authors), and he has over 1000 citations on Google Scholar.
His research is impact-driven and industry-enaged. Dr Allen works closely with a wide range of industry and government partners to understand how blockchain and other technologies impact them. Through those relationships he has raised and delivered on over $300,000 in external research funding, leading several major projects.
Dr Allen engages closey with the public policy process around the regulation of new technologies. His commentary and research findings on innovation and regulation have appeared widely across the print and electronic media including in outlets such as The Australian, the Australian Financial Review, the Herald Sun and the Sydney Morning Herald. He has made many submissions to public inquiries on a range of regulatory matters, and he has been an invited expert witness before several state and federal parliamentary inquiries.