Sam Illingworth

Sam Illingworth

Co-Director

Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at MMU, researching how games can be used to develop a dialogue between experts and non-experts.

Paul Wake

Paul Wake

Co-Director

Reader in English at MMU, researching narrative theory, historiography, and the function of narrative in gaming.

Tom Brock

Tom Brock

Digital Director

Senior Lecturer in Sociology in MMU and ex-‘Professional’ counter-strike player. Researching social psychology and politics of play.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones

Senior Lecturer in Department of Languages, Information & Communications at MMU; research interests in children’s & young adult literature.

Paul Booth

Paul Booth

Associate Professor at DePaul University in Chicago, researching fandom, time travel, and board games.

Matthew Carter

Matthew Carter

Senior Lecturer in Film at MMU. Researching Western, Science Fiction, and Horror in films, and the cross-over with games.

Tim Cockitt

Tim Cockitt

Now retired, following a career in computing; a Euro boardgames industry insider, with wider interest in Experimental Wargaming.

Jenny Cole

Jenny Cole

Senior Lecturer in Psychology at MMU, researching experiences of female video gamers related to representations of female bodies in games.

Oliver Clark

Oliver Clark

Psychology PhD student at MMU. Researching the use of video game avatars to promote health behaviours such as physical activity.

Matthew Crossley

Matthew Crossley

Lecturer at MMU. Researching nature-inspired algorithms, and how they lend themselves to the automation of games.

Rachel Forsyth

Rachel Forsyth

Associate Head of CELT at MMU, researching the use of board games and scenario-based role-plays to share data and to provoke discussion.

Chloé Germaine Buckley

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.

John Lean

John Lean

PhD in Education at MMU, researching the potential of games, play, and participation in informal adult learning.

Laura Mitchell

Laura Mitchell

Lecturer in Management at Keele University, researching games, ethics, autonomy, death, and sheep.

Esperanza Miyake

Esperanza Miyake

Lecturer in Information and Communication at MMU, researching identity in relation to technology, digital media, and popular culture.

Raheel Nawaz

Raheel Nawaz

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at MMU, researching Text Mining, Natural Language Processing, and Data Mining.

Jan-Noël Thon

Jan-Noël Thon

Assistant Professor in Media Studies and Digital Media Culture at the University of Nottingham, researching narrative complexity.

Gervase Phillips

Gervase Phillips

Principal Lecturer in History at MMU, researching the potential of importing mechanisms from gaming into the classroom.

Jonathan Stubbs

Jonathan Stubbs

PhD student at NTC/MU. Researching the use of apocalyptic imagery in computer games, focusing on Bioware’s Mass Effect trilogy.

Jana Wendler

Jana Wendler

Lecturer at the University of Manchester, teaching creative and experimental geographies. Independent street game designer with Playfuel.

Nicola Whitton

Nicola Whitton

Professor of Professional Learning at MMU, researching play in adulthood, in particular games and learning in the context of Higher Education.