I am a game designer and game researcher. My research focused on the use of game design practice for facilitating discourse, conveying complex information and supporting participatory processes.
Projects I have worked on range from running a ‘real-time’ global strategic foresight game with the 4000+ young volunteers from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, played entirely through WhatsApp; to designing developing and delivering and fully immersive ‘pop-up’ escape room for conveying humanitarian strategy; to designing and delivering peer-support systems for extreme weight-loss as part of diabetes management in Barbados.
A significant strand of my research involved the creative appropriation of existing social media technologies – unplatformed design – and its application to real world problems.
Unplatformed Design: Reconceptualising Social Media Technologies as Tools for Coordinated Action, Participation and Engagement
After the PhD
Currently I am working at Kinnu, a new learning app that blends learning science, game design and world-class UX to improve informal education.
- Northumbria Police and Crime Comissioner
- University of West Indies
- Engagement Lab - Boston
- International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
- Newcastle City Council
Engagement Lab at Emerson College in Boston