Research Student Teaching Associate

Carina is a PhD candidate and Research Student Teaching Associate at Falmouth University, Games Academy (Doctoral Studentship recipient). Her research focuses on gender diversity practices in esports communities across the UK and in Portugal, with the aim to uncover how cultural differences impact these spaces, and the goal to develop best practices for grassroots esports communities.
She's studied Psychology and Games Design at Glasgow Caledonian University (First Class, and winner of Best Performing Student Award); she’s also completed a Masters by Research in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Edinburgh (Distinction, and recipient of the Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarship). 

She's lectured and tutored Games User Research and User Psychology at GCU between 2018 and 2020; presented her work at multiple conferences, given guest talks at Stirling University and organised a workshop about Gamification at the EduDays conference by the European Trade Union Institute. She's published in peer-reviewed journals and is frequently asked to review papers in games studies journals.

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Contact details



Year Qualification Awarding body
2017 Master by Research in Science and Technology Studies University of Edinburgh
2016 BSc (Honours) Psychology with Interactive Entertainment Glasgow Caledonian University

Honors and awards

Year Description

Best Performing Student in Psychology (GCU)

Membership of external committees

Observatory for Sport in Scotland; Esports Research Network

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Research interests

Esports, games studies, representation in games

Research topics

Esports, gender in games research, technofeminism, actor-network theory

Professional Engagement

Engagement with professional associations and societies

Previous Student Officer for the Digital Games Research Association and its British chapter.