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Back again..

May 09, 2014 By: Ladan Category: Uncategorized

And I’ve not let it go too long this time, but I am back!

Here are a few updates:

1. I started a post-doc research associate (PDRA) position here at Durham University (about a month ago). I’m working on a project for Professor David Wall in the School of Applied Social Sciences where we’re looking at cybercrime and cybersecurity. Absolutely fascinating stuff. We’ll be getting a blog/site going at some point so I can link things together. It’s not online games research, per se, but it’s the same digital world that games inhabit and as such it’s all highly applicable.  In addition, you can learn a lot about how people perceive cybersecurity risks by studying someone who actively uses the online environment such as a gamer.

2. I’m getting some time and space (as I’m back in research again) to focus on getting some of my own work published now as well. So finally, my thesis is going to get its much needed makeover and will get out there to the wider masses.

3. I’m also getting an article together around research methods–I have often had to apply some unusual methods in relation to research games in an online context across multiple geographical locations.

4. I’ve been working on a paper for the upcoming RGS (Royal Geographical Society) conference in August around the production of meaning and content through citizen science games. This is actually something that came out of my time working in the Sciences here at Durham. I can’t say how grateful I am for the opportunity to work with scientists for the 18 months that I did. You can find meaning everywhere, I firmly believe.

 

I’m sure there’s more to update on but those are the main ones… the bottom line is that it was a bit of a roundabout journey that got me back to research and studying digital culture/environments, but I think I’ve come away with even better knowledge and perceptions of people, practices and how things relate.

Ladan