I am a game culture researcher who studies digital games and gaming as a part of culture and society. I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Main Research Coordinator at the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies at Tampere University, Finland. I am part of the Tampere University Game Research Lab (Gamelab) research team.
My research is focused on the themes of equity, cultural participation, and cultural agency in digital gaming and esports, particularly from the perspective of women players.
My other research interest is regards the intersections between game and sport cultures, including gameful and playful forms of exercise and esports.
My newest research project ‘Equity in Esports’ concerns cultural and social sustainability of esports, looking into questions of equity, inclusivity, and accessibility in this area. This project is a collaboration with Maria Ruotsalainen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) and Dr. Matilda Ståhl (Åbo Akademi, Finland).
I am a founding member and a board member of The Finnish Association for Game Research (since 2016), a founding member and Diversity & Equality Committee member of the international Esports Research Network (since 2020/2022), and an editorial board member for The Finnish Yearbook of Game Studies (since 2015).