Alexander Hayes

PhD(Cand.) BA(Hons) BA(Art) BEd(Primary)

University of Wollongong - PhD. Candidate
Australian National University - Web Developer
University of Canberra, INSPIRE Centre - Professional Associate
IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology - Administrator
Technology & Society - Uberveillance - Author / Administrator


Alexander Hayes is an acknowledged expert on emerging technology in an educational and workforce context, with a research focus on the implications and likely impacts of these technologies more broadly for society.

His research is contributing to how academics and practitioners alike are thinking critically about innovations such as Google Glass and related wearable technologies, social media, networked & mobile learning, unmanned aerial systems, policing, privacy, state-society relations and national security.

Hayes is currently completing a PhD. at the University of Wollongong, NSW within the Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences (EIS), School of Informations Systems & Technology (SISAT), Institute for Innovation in Business and Social Research (IIBSOR) and as Visiting Researcher at Aalto University, LeGroup, Media Lab, Helsinki. 

He is also a Professional Associate with the College of Adjuncts at the University of Canberra, INSPIRE Centre engaged in national and international research projects.

As a web developer at the Australian National University, Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, School of International, Political and Strategic Studies (IPSS) he supports the Serving Our Country project, a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia.


Like many others before me, my life journey has been filled with positives and equally challenging experiences, which have forged my story... but that story is not who I am today. I accept and live life as a continuing, evolving journey of awareness, in the moment, growth and mastery - tough but gentle.

In my everyday, I choose to live a life that aspires to be as close to Joseph Campbell's words:

"...Artists are magical helpers. Evoking symbols and motifs that connect us to our deeper selves, they can help us along the heroic journey of our own lives. The artist is meant to put the objects of this world together in such a way that through them you will experience that light, that radiance which is the light of our consciousness and which all things both hide and, when properly looked upon, reveal. The hero journey is one of the universal patterns through which that radiance shows brightly. What I think is that a good life is one hero journey after another. Over and over again, you are called to the realm of adventure, you are called to new horizons. Each time, there is the same problem: do I dare? And then if you do dare, the dangers are there, and the help also, and the fulfillment or the fiasco. There's always the possibility of a fiasco. But there's also the possibility of bliss." - The Hero With A Thousand Faces