Jaakko Stenros (PhD) is a game and play researcher at the Game Research Lab (University of Tampere). He has published five books and over 50 articles and reports and has taught game studies and internet studies for almost a decade. Stenros is a popular lecturer in and outside academia on topics ranging from the design of fictional stories for real-world environments to approaching gamification through the prism of playfulness. He is currently working on understanding and documenting adult play and uncovering the aesthetics of social play, but his research interests include norm-defying play, role-playing games, pervasive games, and playfulness. His work has received many awards, most recently a prize for the best dissertation of the year at the University of Tampere. Stenros has also collaborated with artists and designers to create ludic experiences. He lives in Helsinki, Finland.
Jaakko Stenros is an author of Playfulness, Play, and Games: A Constructionist Ludology Approach (2015) and Pervasive Games: Theory and Design (2009), as well as an editor of three books on role-playing games: Nordic Larp (2010), Playground Worlds (2008) and Beyond Role and Play (2004).
Contact: Game Research Lab / TRIM, Kanslerinrinne 1, FIN-33014, University of Tampere, Finland; firstname (dot) lastname (at) iki (dot) fi or via telephone at +358 (0)40 752 0515.
Photograph by Jamie MacDonald.