Games design, gamification, play and creativity
Research methods and writing: play-based, practice-based, qualitative
Digital technologies and social media
Ladan is a postdoctoral researcher at Durham University. She supports innovation research projects and collaborates with SMEs in the County Durham area. Ladan’s particular focus is on the digital economy, heritage, and arts and crafts practitioners and businesses.
Ladan came to this role from Teesside University where she was a senior lecturer in computer games in the School of Computing, Media and the Arts. Before that, she completed a post-doc in the policing of cybercrime. Ladan completed her PhD in 2013, where she conducted a virtual ethnography looking at how groups form, compete and perform in an online computer game (World of Warcraft).
Her research interests include: games design, games and pedagogy, gamification, culture in games, creativity, qualitative and arts-based research methods, writing and digital technologies.