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The research group Play and Civic Media (formerly known as Games & Play) at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences researches the design and uses of play and games for social innovation. In particular, we focus on the use of applied games and game applications that enhance participation, social cohesion, group dynamics and empowerment.
Innovations within the gaming industry are strongly dependent on the evaluation and further development of game design and technology. The primary focuses of the research are:
Our group’s playground is mainly the modern city itself – where users come together (digitally) to play, design or participate in group processes related to areas such as education, healthcare, decision-making and social debate (Play the City).
We experiment with the design of games and interactive playing environments that demand a direct and functional interaction with the users. These experiments may involve game design, (intelligent) toys, tangible objects, textiles, public installations, etc.