I am a PhD candidate in the Microsoft Research Centre for Social NUI at The University of Melbourne. My research interests include both Game studies and Human-Computer interaction. Specifically, my PhD research investigates the experience of play of modern European boardgames across traditional media and digital devices. 
My supervisors are Associate Professor Martin Gibbs and Dr Wally Smith.
See my full list of publications here.

In October 2017, at the Spiel fair in Essen, Germany, I was interviewed about my resesarch on BoardGameGeek TV. Watch the full interview here:

Melissa Rogerson on games research

"Pink Goddess" card from Agricola L-deck, showing Melissa 

Recent Announcements

  • I am currently looking for people to participate in the following studies. Please let me know if you are interested.
  • Warhammer 40K study To participate, please email rogersonm@student.unimelb.edu.au As an adjunct to my PhD research, I am doing an exploratory study with A/Prof Martin Gibbs, Dr Marcus Carter and Mitchell Harrop, following up on some research they did previously on Warhammer 40K. Martin and I visited the Arc40K tournament in February 2016 and talked with a few players, and are keen to talk to more Warhammer 40K players.Please see the Consent Form and Plain Language Statement for Study 1 – but we are only wanting to do a single interview, so please ignore the diary element.
    Posted 10 Feb 2016, 03:15 by Melissa Rogerson
  • Play boardgames for research! To participate, Sign up here (All sessions in February - April 2016 are now full; more sessions from May 2016 to be added)I am looking for participants for a study of the social aspects of boardgame play. Volunteers will be asked to attend one or more boardgame sessions on campus at The University of Melbourne, and participate in a brief focus group afterwards. Prior boardgaming experience not a requirement! Sessions will take no more than 2 hours, and snacks will be provided. HREC 1545726.1. Please note: You do not need to be a Grand Master of Boardgames to participate. You are welcome to sign up with a friend.For more information, visit ResearchSessions will be audio and video ...
    Posted 17 Feb 2016, 01:14 by Melissa Rogerson
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