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Igor Mayer (1965) is a professor (lector) of Applied Games, Innovation & Society at Breda University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. This professorship is affiliated to the Academy for Digital Entertainment (ADE). Early 2017, he was awarded a Hai Tian (Sea Sky) scholarship for three years in Dalian University of Technology (DUT), Dalian, China. Previously (2015-‘16), he has been a visiting professor in the School of Management and Economics of Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China. He is also the founder and, owner of Signature Games (www.signaturegames.eu). From 1998 until January 2015, he was a senior associate professor in the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) in Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, where he set up and led the policy gaming research group. He is co-founder and has been a board member of SAGANET– the Netherlands’ Simulation and Gaming Association – as well as GaLA, the European Network of Excellence in Serious Games (2010-2014) and the European Serious Game Society (2012 -). He is an associate editor of Simulation & Gaming (SAGE, since 2005) and Water (MDPI, since 2016).

His main research and professional interests are the development, use and evaluation of gaming-simulation, serious games and more recently also virtual, mixed and augmented reality for policy analysis, organization and management. His pending research line has the title “Playful Organizations & Learning Systems”. Over the years and in various partnerships, he has initiated, managed and participated in a large number of serious gaming-related research and development projects, most recently for and with Zeelandia, Liander, Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), the ministry of Infrastructures & Environment (I&M), the Next Generation Infrastructures (NGI) program, Vereniging Deltametropool, Royal Dutch Shell, the Netherlands’ Police Academy, the Dutch Council for the Judiciary, the Netherlands Office for the Public Prosecution, the Port of Rotterdam.

He has been a partner in several European projects, part of FP7, H2020, Eranet, Interreg and Erasmus funding programs. One featured project is the MSP Challenge 2050 (www.mspchallenge.info) with pending EU / Interreg funded projects in the North Sea, Baltic and Celtic regions, and invited game-play sessions around the globe. He has published more than 135 journal and conference papers (H > 26, see. www.researchgate.net/profile/Igor_Mayer). He has been the promotor of six completed PhD theses, with three ‘award winning’.


Gaming-simulation design, application, facilitation and research, serious gaming, entrepreneurship, infrastructures, port planning, urban planning, water management, crisis and emergency management, policy analysis, policy sciences, complex systems


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Research Output

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  • Combining ecosystem modeling with serious gaming in support of transboundary maritime spatial planning

    Steenbeek, J., Romagnoni, G., Bentley, JW., Serpetti, N., Heymans, JJ., Goncalves, M., Pereira Santos, C., Warmelink, H., Mayer, I., Keijser, X., Fairgrieve, R. & Abspoel, L., 2020, In : Ecology and Society. 25, 2, p. 1-24 24 p., 21.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    38 Downloads (Pure)

    Conscientiousness in Game-Based Learning

    Liu, Y., Qiqi, Z., Tan, X., Ge, Q. & Mayer, I., 2020, In : Simulation & Gaming.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 50 Downloads (Pure)

    Understanding Game-based Approaches for Improving Sustainable Water Governance : The Potential of Serious Games to Solve Water Problems

    Medema, W., Chew, C., Adamowski, J., Mayer, I. & Wals, A. E. J., 2020, Special issue ed. MDPI. 272 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook editing

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    Planning for the Future with Games: The Maritime Spatial Planning Challenge Simulation Platform

    Igor Mayer (Speaker) & Harald Warmelink (Speaker)

    2 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventContribution at workshop, seminar, course

    Marine/maritime spatial planning bachelor's course

    Igor Mayer (Organiser), Harald Warmelink (Organiser), S Heinänen (Organiser) & PL Moya (Organiser)

    11 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventContribution at workshop, seminar, course

    Planning for the future with games and VR

    Igor Mayer (Keynote speaker)

    3 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lectures/talks/presentations (not at a conference)

    MSP Challenge simulation platform: Train the Trainer Trial

    Harald Warmelink (Speaker), Igor Mayer (Speaker) & B Trouillet (Speaker)

    4 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lectures/talks/presentations (not at a conference)

    Copernicus 'Eyes on Earth' Roadshow Tallinn

    Igor Mayer (Organiser) & Harald Warmelink (Organiser)

    3 Oct 20194 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising an event