I am a PhD candidate in the Microsoft Research Centre for Social NUI and the Interaction Design Lab, School of Computing and Information Systems, at The University of Melbourne. My research interests include both Game studies and Human-Computer interaction. Specifically, my PhD research investigates the hobbyist experience of modern boardgames. I am interested in what players value about boardgames and boardgame play, as well as in how they use the game during play.

I submitted my thesis for examination in October, 2018.

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 research on BoardGameGeek TV. Watch the full interview here:

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

We will be conducting research at MeepleCon in Melbourne, in December 2018. Find out more!