Digital Games Research
ECREA Section
Who’s Who
Thorsten QuandtChair: Thorsten Quandt (Department of Communication, University of Münster, Germany)Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt is a Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Münster, Germany. He is the founding chair of the temporary working group “Digital Games Research” of ECREA, and an ERC (European Research Council) Grant Holder with the games-related project “The Social Fabric of Virtual Life”. His research and teaching fields include online communication, media innovation research, digital games and journalism.

Jan Van LooyVice Chair: Jan Van Looy (iMinds-MICT-Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium)Jan Van Looy is an assistant professor at the research group for Media and ICT (iMinds-MICT) at Ghent University, Belgium, where he conducts research into various aspects of digital gaming. His PhD (2006) dealt with the socio-cultural shaping of the digital game medium. In 2007 he participated in a study commissioned by the Flemish Parliament into the social impact of gaming in Flanders, and in 2007 and 2008 he worked on a research project on self-imagining in games as a postdoctoral fellow at HUMlab in Umeå, Sweden. Since 2008 he works as a senior researcher at MICT where he and his team are involved in multiple interdisciplinary research projects on digital game experience and usage, such as stereoscopic 3D media experience and omnidirectional video experience.

Torill MortensenVice Chair: Torill Mortensen (IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark)Torill Elvira Mortensen is an associate professor at the IT-University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research is directed towards games and online culture, focusing on multi-user games and social media. She has written a monography on games research, Perceiving Play, and is represented in several journals and anthologies exploring online texts from a user-centric perspective.

Malte ElsonWebsite Editor: Malte Elson (Department of Communication, University of Münster, Germany)Malte Elson is a psychologist and works as a research associate at department of communication, University of Münster, in the ERC-project “SOFOGA” (Social Foundations of Online Gaming). His research interests are media effects, specifically the link between displayed violence, physiological arousal, and aggressive behavior. Further research interests include moral behavior and decision making in games, game studies methodology, and media content rating and regulation systems.