Professor Ellie Rennie is Principal Research Fellow in RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre.

She is also a member of the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub.

Ellie’s current research is focused on social and policy questions arising from automation technologies, including blockchain.

She has also worked extensively on the topic of digital inclusion, particularly in relation to remote Australia and Indigenous communities.

From 2020 she will be an ARC Future Fellow, working on a project called ‘Cooperation through code: The social outcomes of blockchain technology’.

The project aims to show the social consequences of using distributed ledger technology, including blockchains, for compliance, registries and regulatory processes.

The project expects to generate new knowledge of how technology is changing administrative coordination between government and non-government entities.