Dr Alison Gazzard
University of Bedfordshire, UK
Alison Gazzard is a Lecturer in Cultural and Contextual Studies across the animation and interactive media programmes in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She also holds the position of Editorial Assistant for Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies through her previous role as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in New Media at the University of Bedfordshire. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Hertfordshire titled ‘Paths, Players, Places: Towards an Understanding of Mazes and Spaces in Videogames’ and an MA in 3D Computer Animation from the National Centre of Computer Animation at Bournemouth University. Her research on videogame spaces, players, mapping and location-based media has been presented at various international conferences as well as being published in journals such as Game Studies and the Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds. Her current research and practice continues to investigate the role of spaces, platforms and play. She can usually be found playing videogames or walking the landscape tracking her movement with a GPS datalogging device.