Carina de Assunção
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.
|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
Best Performing Student in Psychology (GCU)
Membership of external committeesObservatory for Sport in Scotland; Esports Research Network
Research interests and expertise
Esports, games studies, representation in games
Esports, gender in games research, technofeminism, actor-network theory
Engagement with professional associations and societies
Previous Student Officer for the Digital Games Research Association and its British chapter.