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I am an Associate Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne. I currently lecture undergraduate and graduate subjects in Usability Evaluation, as well as a graduate subject in Information Systems and a generalist undergraduate Usability subject. My research interests include both Game studies and Human-Computer interaction.

I completed my PhD at The University of Melbourne (supervisors: Associate Professors Martin Gibbs and Wally Smith), in the School of Computing and Information Systems. My 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. In July 2019, I commenced a project looking at the role of digital tools in hybrid digital boardgames.

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