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  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 6 Citations
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Personal profile


Alan Hook is a researcher in New Media and Play, and has worked in games and virtual environments development for over 10 years. He has exhibited his research internationally in America and Europe working with international festivals such as Zero1 in San Jose, Paraflows in Vienna and RXIC in Riga. He has exhibited virtual environments research in The Tech Museum, Americas largest Science and Technology Museum and continues to work with virtual environments and immersive game experiences as a way to build understanding of complex social, cultural and political issues. Alan’s current research looks at games as a way to tackle ‘wicked problems’ such as Climate Change or Civic and Societal Responsibility. Alan was shortlisted for the AHRC and BBC’s New Generation Thinkers Award for his work in digital design and play and empathy. 

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Research Output

Invisible Belfast: Flat ontologies and remediation of the post-conflict city

Barrios-O'Neill, D. & Hook, A., 26 Dec 2019, In : Convergence. 17 p.

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    A Transmedia Topology of 'Making a Murderer

    Hook, A., Barrios-O'Neill, D. & Mairs Dyer, J., 31 Dec 2016, In : VIEW European Journal for Television History and Culture. 5, 10, p. 124-139

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    The Game Did Not Take Place—This Is Not A Game and blurring the Lines of Fiction

    Hook, A., 20 Apr 2017, Alternate Reality Games and the Cusp of Digital Gameplay. Garcia, A. & Niemeyer, G. (eds.). Bloomsbury Publishing, p. 00-00

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    Best Use of Educational Technology / ICT Initiative of the Year

    Hickey, Adrian (Recipient), Jackson, Helen (Recipient) & Hook, Alan (Recipient), 19 Apr 2018

    Prize: Honorary award

  • Activities

    • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...

    23rd International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, VSMM 2017

    Justin Magee (Chair), , Frank Lyons (Member of programme committee), , Kyle Boyd (Member of programme committee), , Brian Bridges (Member of programme committee), , Helen Jackson (Member of programme committee), , Karen Reid (Member of programme committee), , Yuanyuan Chen (Member of programme committee), , Janet Coulter (Member of programme committee), , Conann Fitzpatrick Alvarez-Casado (Member of programme committee), , Alison Gault (Member of programme committee), , John Harding (Member of programme committee), , Adrian Hickey (Member of programme committee), , Alan Hook (Member of programme committee), , Liam Mc Comish (Member of programme committee), , Alec Parkin (Member of programme committee), , Terry Quigley (Member of programme committee), & Jill Spratt (Member of programme committee)


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