Dr Sam Illingworth
Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at MMU, researching how games can be used to develop a dialogue between experts and non-experts.
Dr Paul Wake
Reader in English at MMU, researching narrative theory, historiography, and the function of narrative in gaming.
Dr Tom Brock
Senior Lecturer in Sociology in MMU and ex-‘Professional’ counter-strike player. Researching social psychology and politics of play.
Psychology PhD student at MMU. Researching the use of video game avatars to promote health behaviours such as physical activity.
Dr Matthew Crossley
Lecturer at MMU. Researching nature-inspired algorithms, and how they lend themselves to the automation of games.
Postgraduate researcher in English at MMU, researching artificial intelligence, game studies and spatial theory.
Dr Esperanza Miyake
Lecturer in Information and Communication at MMU, researching identity in relation to technology, digital media, and popular culture.
Dr Chloé Germaine Buckley
Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Film at MMU, researching the Gothic, the Weird and other forms of ‘Fantastika’ in fiction & games.
Dr Jenny Cole
Senior Lecturer in Psychology at MMU, researching experiences of female video gamers related to representations of female bodies in games.
Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences at Edge Hill University, PhD student at MMU, looking at how location based games can make us more social.
Prof Colin Harvey
Visiting Prof at MMU & Senior Narrative Designer with Sony VR, specialising in digital storytelling, transmedia narrative, & building.
Dr Matthew Carter
Senior Lecturer in Film at MMU. Researching Western, Science Fiction, and Horror in films, and the cross-over with games.
Dr Jenny Cromwell
Lecturer in Ancient History at MMU researching the role of board games in the ancient world and the role of the ancient world in board and video games.
PhD student at MMU, researching death, difficulty and transformative textuality in role playing games.
Postgraduate researcher in Education at MMU, researching the potential of games, play, and participation in informal adult learning.
Dr Paul Booth
Associate Professor at DePaul University in Chicago, researching fandom, time travel, and board games.
Senior Library Assistant at Poole Library, UK Coordinator – ALA International Games Week. Promoting the value of games in libraries.
Dr Mark Johnson
Research Fellow at University of Alberta, researching play and money in live streaming, Esports and fantasy sports; ex-pro poker player.
Commissioning Editor at Rebellion Publishing specialising in Sci-fi, Fantasy & Horror. Interested in Interactive Fiction, RPGs & videogames.
Dr Jana Wendler
Lecturer at the University of Manchester, teaching creative and experimental geographies. Independent street game designer with Playfuel.
Now retired, following a career in computing; a Euro boardgames industry insider, with wider interest in Experimental Wargaming.
Dr. James “Pigeon” Fielder
Associate professor of political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Studies trust and cooperation in digital and analogue games.
Dr Laura Mitchell
Founder of Seriously Learned Ltd, and an independent scholar and games-based consultant.
PhD student at NTC/MU. Researching the use of apocalyptic imagery in computer games, focusing on Bioware’s Mass Effect trilogy.
Socially Engaged Artist working with people and games (board, card, RRG, Text Adventure).
Researcher, looking into the intersection of the Gothic and Digital Gaming. Also interested in game design and gaming pedagogy.
Librarian, vice Chair and digital champion for the Public & Mobile Libraries Group.
Dr Matthew Partridge
Senior Research Fellow at Southampton University, investigating the use of games for research engagement.
Dr Jan-Noël Thon
Assistant Professor in Media Studies and Digital Media Culture at the University of Nottingham, researching narrative complexity.
These are the organisations that the MGSN has collaborated with, or is collaborating with.