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A game designer and a PhD student in the Tampere University Game Research Lab. I have worked in the gamelab since 2015. In my dissertation I study the relation of online media and tabletop-gaming. My research interests are focused on board game cultures, hybrid play, post-digitality, game design, game based learning and game jams. I have co-written over 10 research articles and have been teaching game studies and game design in several courses. Currently I am employed as a researcher in Aalto University, studying game jams. Since 2018, I have been the main organizer for Ropecon Academic Seminar.

Research interests

Board Games, Board Game Cultures, Hybrid Play, Post-digitality, Game Design, Game Jams, Game Based Learning (GBL). 

Grants and awards

Alfred Kordelin foundation grant for PhD work, 6 months, 2020. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • Board game communitiess
  • NE Print media
  • Board games
  • GV Recreation Leisure
  • Board games
  • Hobby cultures


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