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Continent Country University, Research Center or Network Department, Faculty, School Research Group, Lab PhD Programme (Science, Art, Number) Contact Person Links Focus/Specialization
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Africa South Africa Monash University, Johannesburg School of Arts, Communication and Media Studies -Lab- -PhD- Rose-Mariehttp://www.monash.ac.za Philosophy of Gaming
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Asia Japan Tokyo Polytechnic University Department of Animation Game course B.A. -Contact-http://www.t-kougei.ac.jp/e/arts/game.html undergraduate game development course started in 2007
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Asia Japan Ritsumeikan University College of Image Arts and Sciences -Lab- B.A. -Contact-http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/eng/ undergraduate creator/producer course started in 2007
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Asia Japan University of Tokyo Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies Research Core for Education in Digital Content Creation no degree -Contact-http://content.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/link/ interdisciplinary program (curriculum and faculties are not focused on digital games)
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Asia Korea Korea Advanced Intitute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Graduate School of Culture Technology -Lab- -PhD- D. Yvette Wohnhttp://www.kaist.edu/ -Focus-
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Asia Singapore Nanyang Technological University School of Computer Engineering gameLAB -PhD- -Contact-http://www3.gamelab.ntu.edu.sg/ Game technology
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Asia Thailand - Thai Simulation and Gaming Association - -PhD- -Contact-http://www3.gamelab.ntu.edu.sg/ is a professional organization for teachers, trainers, researchers, practitioners and other professionals. Its aim is to enable the sharing of expertise in the field of simulation, gaming and experiential methods for teaching, learning, development and assessment.
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Europe Austria Danube-University Krems Department of Image Science -Lab- -PhD- Michael Wagnerhttp://www.appliedgames.at -Focus-
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Europe Austria FH-Joanneum University of Applied Science Graz Game Design -Lab- -PhD- Maja Pivechttp://www.engagelearning.eu -Focus-
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Europe Austria University of Vienna Faculty for Philosophy and Educational Sciences Media Education -PhD- Christian Swertzhttp://mediaeducation.univie.ac.at/ Educational Philosophy of Games, Games and Learning, Serious Games, Video Game Addiction, Live Long Gaming Research
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Europe Austria TU Vienna -Department- -Lab- -PhD- -Contact- -www- -Focus-
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Europe Belgium Group T Engineering School eMedia Lab (associated within the Catholic University of Louvain) -Lab- -PhD- Bob Deschutterhttp://emedia.groept.be serious games, tangible play
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Europe Belgium MAD Faculty Play&Game -Lab- -PhD- Veerle Van der Sluyshttp://www.playandgame.be serious games, playful design, game art
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Europe Belgium MICT Gaming Cell Department of Communication Research, University of Ghent Research group and gaming-lab no degree Jan Van Looyhttp://mict.be Game experience and use, serious games, immersive and virtual media
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Europe Denmark Danish School of Education (Copenhagen) -Department- Games and Learning research group -PhD- -Contact-http://www.dpu.dk/site.aspx?p=11097 Serious Games on a Global Market Place; prototypes of learning games.
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Europe Denmark ITU Copenhagen -Department- Center for Computer Games Research -PhD- Espen Aarsethhttp://game.itu.dk Game studies, game design, artificial intelligence
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Europe Finland Helsinki School of Economics Center for Innovation and Knowledge Research Knowledge Media Laboratory -PhD- Niklas Ravajahttp://www.hse.fi/EN/ckir -Focus-
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Europe Finland Helsinki University of Technology Helsinki Institute of for Information Technology Digital Content Communities research group -PhD- Kai Kuikkaniemihttp://www.hiit.fi Not solely on gaming
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Europe Finland University of Jyvaskyla -Department- Agora Game lab -PhD- -Contact-http://www.peda.net/veraja/jyu/ac/agl/English -Focus-
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Europe Finland University of Art and Design Helsinki (TaiK) Crucible Studio Media Lab -PhD- -Contact-http://mlab.taik.fi/research/research_groups/crucible_studio/; http://mlab.taik.fi/ games in narrative/storytelling practice-based research context
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Europe Finland University of Tampere School of Information Sciences (SIS) Games Research Lab Master's Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies; PhD (open for international applicants) - Frans Mäyrähttp://gamelab.uta.fi/ http://www.uta.fi/admissions/degreeprog/programmes/igs.html Game cultures, game design research, player experiences and evaluation methods.
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Europe France ENJIM -Department- -Lab- -PhD- -Contact-http://www.enjmin.fr Game Design
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Europe France ENS Lyon Geography laboatoire junior de LENS LSH -PhD- -Contact-http://jeuxvideo.ens-lsh.fr -Focus-
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Europe France OMNSH - Digital World Observatory in Human Science -Department- -Lab- -PhD- -Contact-http://www.omnsh.org -Focus-
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Europe Germany Academy of Fine Arts Saar Media Art & Design xm:lab BA, MA, PhD (Dr. Phil.) Burkhard Detzler, Michael Schmitz, Soenke Zehlehttp://www.xmlab.org Technologies of Play
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Europe Germany Bremen University of Applied Sciences Gangs of Bremen -Lab- -PhD- Barbara Grüterhttp://www.gangs-of-bremen.de Mobile Gaming Experiences and Human-Computer Interaction
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Europe Germany GEElab Europe, Karlsruhe (a European branch of RMIT University, Australia School of Media & Communication GEElab (Games & Experimental Entertainment Laboratory) -PhD- Steffen P Walzhttp://geelab.rmit.edu.au Game design and game thinking applied to topics such as urban mobility, in-car HCI, enterprise innovation, occupational safety, reading for pleasure, collaborative learning, storytelling and experimental entertainment. Also, the AUS branch are host to the Games for Change ANZ Festivals 2012 & 2013
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Europe Germany IJK Hannover -Department- -Lab- -PhD- -Contact- -www- -Focus-
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Europe Germany Ilmenau University of Technology Institute of Media and Communication Science Department of Virtual Worlds and Digital Games BA, MA, Dr. phil. Jeffrey Wimmerhttp://ifmk.de/ Social scientific aspects of gaming & Technology of games
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Europe Germany Universität Duisburg-Essen Fakultät für Ingenieurwissenschaften Informatik und Angewandte Kognitionswissenschaft -PhD- Maic Masuchhttp://www.fb9dv.uni-duisburg.de/medieninformatik.html Computer graphics
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Europe Germany University of Applied Science Köln Psychologie Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät -PhD- Winfried Kaminskihttp://www.f01.fh-koeln.de/wvw/ effects of virtual worlds
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Europe Germany University of Applied Sciences Bremen Gangs of Bremen - Mobile Gaming Experiences and Human Computer Interaction -Lab- -PhD- Barbara Grüterhttp://www.gangs-of-bremen.de -Focus-
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Europe Germany University of Bonn Institute of Computer Science III Mobile Gaming -PhD- Armin B. Cremershttp://amoga.iai.uni-bonn.de Location-Based Gaming
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Europe Germany University of Magdeburg Intitute of Educational Science Media Literacy: Visual Culture and Communication -PhD- Johannes Frommehttp://www.meb.ovgu.de -Focus-
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Europe Germany University of Mainz -Department- -Lab- -PhD- Christoph Klimmt -www- Education and psychiology
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Europe Germany University of Münster Department of Communication Online communication -PhD- Thorsten Quandthttp://www.uni-muenster.de/Kowi/ Media effects research
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Europe Germany University of Paderborn Institute for Media Science Medienorganisation und Mediensystem -PhD- Jörg Müller-Lietzkowhttp://www.morgsys.de; www.shahmat.de -Focus-
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Europe Germany University of Potsdam Digital Games Research Center, DIGAREC -Lab- -PhD- Stephan Günzelhttp://www.digarec.org Interdisziplinary (Game Studies, Psychology, Computer Science, Design, Law)
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Europe Germany Trier University of Applied Sciences Department of Computer Science Digital Media and Games B.Sc./M.Sc. Georg Schneiderhttp://www.fh-trier.de/go/dms Technology
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Europe Germany Trier University of Applied Sciences Department of Design Intermedia Design -PhD- Marcus Haberkornhttp://intermediales-design.de -Focus-
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Europe Germany HTW Berlin, University of Applied Sciences gameslab gameslab, Games & Interactive Media Research Group BA & MA Erik Schulzhttp://www.games-lab.de research & development
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Europe Greece Ionian University, Corfur Department of Informatics -Lab- -PhD- Kostas Anagnostouhttp://www.ionio.gr/depts/cs/en/ Game Technology, Videogames and Virtual Worlds in Education, Accessibility Issues in Videogames
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Europe Italy University of Bologna Discipline Della Comunicazione Discipline Semiotiche MA, PhD Giovanna Cosenzahttp://disciplinesemiotiche.dsc.unibo.it http://www.sssub.unibo.it/pagine_principali/dot_sem.htm Semiotics of New Media
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Europe Italy Comune di Bologna -Department- Archivio Videoludico della Cineteca di Bologna no degree Andrea Dressenohttp://www.cinetecadibologna.it/archivi/videoludico Computer Games Archive, Conferences and Seminars in Theory and Criticism of Computer Games
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Europe Netherlands Academy of Digital Entertainment (Breda) -Department- Alive Serious Games -PhD- Penny de Bylhttp://www.aliveed.com/ ; http://igad.nhtv.nl -Focus-
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Europe Netherlands Delft University of Technology Centre of Process Management & Simulation (CPS) Faculties of Computer Science, Architecture and Civil Engeneering -PhD- Casper Harteveldhttp://www.cps.tbm.tudelft.nl/ interdisciplinary centre (simulation-gaming, serious gaming and 3D virtual (game) worlds)
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Europe Netherlands Eindhoven Fontys University of Applied Sciences ICT Game Design & Technology -PhD- Menno Deenwww.fontys.nl motivational design of serious games
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Europe Netherlands Eindhoven University of Technology -Department- Game Experience Lab -PhD- Wijnand IJsselsteijnhttp://www.gamexplab.nl -Focus-
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Europe Netherlands University of Utrecht, Utrecht School of Arts and TNO Centre for Advanced Gaming and Simulation (AGS) Game Research für Training and Entertainment -PhD- -Contact-http://gate.gameresearch.nl/ -Focus-
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Europe Netherlands University of Utrecht Department of Information an computing Science Game and Virtual World Research Group -PhD- -Contact-http://people.cs.uu.nl/markov/ ; http://www.cs.uu.nl/centers/give/education/master_program/index.htm ; http://gate.gameresearch.nl/index.php?pageID=28 (algorithmic) technology for games and virtual worlds
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Europe Netherlands University of Utrecht Faculty of Humanities Utrecht Media Research Program -PhD- -Contact- -www- games as cultural phenomenon
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Europe Netherlands Utrecht School of the Arts -Department- Game Design and Research Center -PhD- -Contact- -www- -Focus-
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Europe Netherlands Utrecht School of the Arts Utrecht School of Music and Technology Research Group Adaptive Music Systems -PhD- Hans Timmermanshttp://adaptivemusicsystems.hku.nl/ Composition and sound design for adaptive systems and games
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Europe Netherlands Vrije Universiteit Faculty of Arts Comparative Arts and Media Studies BA, MA Connie Veugenhttp://www.let.vu.nl/en/international-students/masters-programmes/comparative-arts-and-media-studies/index.asp games as a comparative medium
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Europe Norway Gjøvik University College Faculty of Computer Science and Media Technology Medialab PhD in Applied Computer Science, BAs in Game Design and Game Programming Anders S. Løvliehttp://english.hig.no Interdisciplinary center
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Europe Portugal University of Coimbra -Department- -Lab- -PhD- Licinio Roquehttp://www.dei.uc.pt; http://euromachs.net MOG Technologies, Digital Games Development Methodology and the Design of Ludic Learning Contexts
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Europe Sweden Blekinge Institute of Technology Department of Interaction and System Design Game and Media Arts Laboratory -PhD- Craig Lindley, Lennart Nackehttp://gamescience.bth.se cognitive, psychological, psychophysiological, game design, tools, systems, eye tracking
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Europe Sweden Chalmers, University of Gothenborg Computerscience and Engineering Data-and Information Technology Department -PhD- Staffan Björkhttp://www.chalmers.se/cse/EN -Focus-
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Europe Sweden Interactive Institute and Mobile Life -Department- Mobile Life Center / TA2 -PhD- Annika Waernhttp://www.tii.se/game -Focus-
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Europe Sweden Malmö University Center for Game Studies school of arts and communication -PhD- Micke Jakobssonhttp://www.mah.se player communities; game design process and game aesthetics
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Europe Sweden Malmö University Center for Game Studies teacher training college -PhD- Elisabet Nilssonhttp://www.mah.se learning in and through games
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Europe Sweden Stockholm University game design and game programming -Lab- -PhD- -Contact- -www- -Focus-
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Europe Sweden University of Gothenborg Faculty of Education Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS) -PhD- Jonas Linderothhttp://www.ipd.gu.se/english/research/research_programmes/lincs/ -Focus-
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Europe Sweden University of Gothenborg IT Faculty Institute for Applied IT -PhD- Louise Petersonhttp://www.itufak.gu.se/English -Focus-
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Europe Sweden University of Gothenborg IT Faculty Institute for Applied IT -PhD- Wolmet Barendregt -www- -Focus-
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Europe Sweden University of Skövde School of HUmanities and Informatics InGaMe Lab (Research group and lab) MSc programme in serious games (computer science) Per Backlundhttp://www.his.se/ingame games and interactable media in general and serious games in particular
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Europe Turkey Izmir University of Economics Faculty of Computer Science Computer Games Technology Lab -PhD- Dr. Mehmet Suleyman Unluturkhttp://cs.ieu.edu.tr Computer Games Technology
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Europe Turkey Middle East Technical University (Ankara) -Department- Simulations and Games in Education SIMGE -PhD- Kursat Cagiltayhttp://simge.metu.edu.tr conduct research on the use of simulations and games in education. In addition to pedagogical and cognitive issues, the SIMGE researchers also focus on the social and technical issues of simulations and games.
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Europe Turkey Middle East Technical University (Ankara) Department of Computer Engineering Computer Graphics and Visualization Group -PhD- Veysi Islerhttp://cgv.ceng.metu.edu.tr Multiuser Distributed Game Architectures
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Europe UK Brunel University (London) School of Arts -Lab- -PhD- Tanya Krzywinskahttp://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/acad/sa Games Studies
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Europe UK Glasgow Caledonian University eMotionLab -Lab- -PhD- Jonathan Sykeshttp://www.emotionlab.co.uk consultancy and development services in the area of game production and play-testing
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Europe UK London South Bank University -Department- -Lab- -PhD- Siobhan Thomas -www- -Focus-
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Europe UK Sheffield Hallam University Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Science BSc / BA / MSc Game Design; individuals researching into games / machinima in education
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Europe UK University of Bolton School of Games Computing and Creative Technologies Emotioneering Research Group -PhD- Mark Grimshawhttp://www.bolton.ac.uk/gcct/ -Focus-
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Europe UK University of London Institute of Education London Knowledge Lab -PhD- Diane Carrhttp://playhouse.wordpress.com; http://learningfromsocialworlds.wordpress.com games studies/virtual worlds/games and education
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Europe UK University College London Faculty of Engineering Department of Computer Science -PhD- postdoc Patty Kostkovawww.edugames4all.org serious games for health, seamless evaluation, public health education using games/ collaboration with WHO, ECDC, HPA
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Europe UK University of Portsmouth School of Creative Technologies Advanced Games Research Group -PhD- Dan Pinchbeckhttp://www.thechineseroom.co.uk; http://www.keep.port.ac.uk -Focus-
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Europe UK University of Salford School of Art & Design Creative Games -PhD- Mathias Fuchshttp://creativegames.org.uk/MSc_CreativeGames/ games studies/creative games/games and education
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Europe UK University of the West of England (Bristol) Media and Cultural Studies; Department Culture, Media & Drama The Play Research Group -PhD- Seth Giddingshttp://www.badnewthings.co.uk; http://www.uwe.ac.uk/sca/research/playresearch_group.shtml -Focus-
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Europe UK University of The West of Scotland -Department- ARGuing EU project -PhD- Thomas Connollyhttp://www.arg-education.eu promotion of language learning for secondary school students through ARGs
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Europe UK University of Wales (Newport) Newport School of Art, Media and Design Synergy Games Research Group -PhD- Emma Westcotthttp://synergy.newport.ac.uk game studies; Women in Games
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Europe Zwitzerland ETH Zurich Department of Architecture Computer Aided Architectural Design Group -PhD- Steffen P. Walzhttp://www.arch.ethz.ch/darch/index.php?lang=en -Focus-
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North America Canada Canadian Game Studies Association -Department- -Lab- -PhD- Suzanne de Castellhttp://contagion.edu.yorku.ca/cgsa/index.php -Focus-
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North America Canada Concordia University (Montreal) Faculty of Fine Arts; Faculty of Arts and Science; Faculty of Engineering The Technoculture, Art and Games Initiative (TAG) PhD Humanities;Film and Moving Image Studies,MA Sociology;History;English; Communications Bart Simonhttp://www.tag.hexagram.ca game studies; new media design; digital culture
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North America Canada Centre for Digital Media (consortium) University of British Columbia; Simon Fraser University; Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the British Columbia Institute of Technology -Lab- Masters in Digital Media -Contact- admissions@thecdm.cahttp://www.thecdm.ca/ Leadership, project management and collaborative intelligence skills for digital media environments
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North America Canada Simon Fraser University (Vancouver) School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) Faculty of Applied Sciences -PhD- Steve DiPaolahttp://www.siat.sfu.ca/ -Focus-
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North America Canada Simon Fraser University (Vancouver) Faculty of Education -Lab- -PhD- Suzanne de Castellhttp://www.educ.sfu.ca/index.html -Focus-
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North America Canada Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), Seneca College, University of Western Ontario -Department- Creativity Assistive Tools for Games and Interactive Environments -PhD- -Contact-http://www.catgames.ca/ -Focus-
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North America Canada University of British Columbia -Department- -Lab- -PhD- -Contact- -www- -Focus-
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North America Canada University of Calgary Fine Arts Digital Media Laboratory -PhD- Jim Parkerhttp://www.ucalgary.ca/~jparker/DML/ -Focus-
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North America Canada University of Montreal Department of Art History and Film Studies Ludicine -PhD- Bernard Perronhttp://www.ludicine.ca/ -Focus-
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North America Canada University of Quebec at Montral (UQAM) Faculty of communication Homo Ludens -PhD- -Contact-http://www.homoludens.uqam.ca/ Play in social contexts
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North America USA Northeastern University (Boston) Colleges of Arts, Media and Design and Computer and Information Sciences PLAIT Lab (Playable Innovative Technology) BFA, BS, MS, PhD Magy Seif El-Nasr, Director of Game Educational Programs and Researchhttp://www.northeastern.edu/games Game Science and Design, Game User Research, CHI and Games, Game AI, Games for Impact
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North America USA Carleton University in Ottawa -Department- Hyperlab -PhD- Brian Greenspanhttp://www.carleton.ca/hyperlab Game Studies and the Digital Humanities
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North America USA Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA ETC program -Lab- -PhD- -Contact- -www- -Focus-
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North America USA Champlain College, Burlington, VT -Department- -Lab- -PhD- -Contact- -www- -Focus-
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North America USA Columbia University (New York) Teachers College EDLAB -N/A- Jessica Mezeihttp://edlab.tc.columbia.edu/ -Focus-
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North America USA Columbia University (New York) Center for New Media Teaching and Learning -Lab- -N/A- Teresa Gonzalezhttp://ccnmtl.columbia.edu/ -Focus-
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North America USA Columbia University (New York) Computer Science Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Lab PhD Steve Feinerhttp://graphics.cs.columbia.edu/top.html -Focus-
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