I’m a researcher and writer with a focus on youth cultures on the internet. I currently work in the child- and youth-serving non-profit sector, doing research work, securing grants and engaging in knowledge translation about child brain development and social service interventions. I also contribute to my academic community through my role as Vice-President of the Canadian Game Studies Association, and maintain some small research projects into games and gaming.
As a PhD student, I was based in the University of Manchester’s Russian & East European Studies department, studying gaming culture in Russia. My dissertation mapped the variations of genre, identity, discourse and online interactions amongst Russian-speaking videogame players. The project was strongly influenced by my interests in youth culture and subcultures, cultural discourses, and power; themes which my BA and MA dissertations also shared. I have also studied the much-discussed Russian community in the space MMO EVE Online.