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Research interests

Mata is an academic and digital creative with over 15 years of experience in both design and writing for a broad range of entertainment media.

In 2006, Mata completed a PhD on the influence of technology on narrative and identity in modern fiction.

He currently works as a professor of creative & entertainment games at NHTV University in the Netherlands, as well as consulting on game & narrative design.

"...I work to find new ideas and inspiration both for and from the games industry, looking at ways in which we can create new groundbreaking content for the entertainment and creative industries..."

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Areas of particular interest include diversity, storytelling, experience design, and bringing games into a broader field of social discourse through discussion with both industry and non-industry media. Alongside this, he is looking for avenues to integrate digital games and strategies into traditional entertainment experiences, such as cinema, theatre, and books

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Research Output 2006 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Educational games as a motivational tool: considerations on their potential and limitations

Passarelli, M., Dagnino, FM., Earp, J., Manganello, F., Perisco, D., Pozzi, F., Bailey, C., Perrotta, C., Buijtenweg, T. & Haggis-Burridge, M., 2019, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education. SciTePress, p. 330-337

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Games as (not) culture: a critical policy analysis of the economic agenda of Horizon 2020

Perrotta, C., Bailey, C., Ryder, J., Perisco, D. & Haggis-Burridge, M., 2019, In : Games and Culture.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Guest Blog: 5 tips for avoiding prototyping mistakes on your next game

Haggis-Burridge, M. & Buijtenweg, T., 21 Jun 2019, In : Develop : Brighton Blog.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Open Access

Human dignity and the presentation of minorities and women in video games

Haggis-Burridge, M., 2019, Ethical dilemmas in the creative, cultural and service industries. Bouwer, J. (ed.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 210-215 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Keynote: Making games, telling stories, and embracing diverse audiences

Haggis-Burridge, M., 28 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperOther research output

Activities 2014 2019

Samsung Brainstorm

Mata Haggis-Burridge (Advisor)
28 Mar 2019

Activity: Consultancy

Goldsmiths, University of London (External organisation)

Mata Haggis-Burridge (Member)
5 Jun 2019

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

KnowTalks : Insights for business from the video game industry

Mata Haggis-Burridge (Keynote speaker)
12 Feb 2019

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


Mata Haggis-Burridge (Chair)
18 Sep 2019

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

HubIT (External organisation)

Mata Haggis-Burridge (Member)
27 Mar 2019 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Press / Media

Writers' Guild of Great Britain Video Game Awards Shortlist 2018

M Haggis


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

LGBTQ in Gaming at GDC 2017

M Haggis


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Gaming for Everyone at GDC 2017

M Haggis


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media


Best Casual Game (finalist)

M Haggis (Nominee), 27 Oct 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Desktop / Downloadable (finalist)

M Haggis (Nominee), 27 Oct 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Indie Game (finalist)

M Haggis (Nominee), 27 Oct 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Music & Audio (finalist)

M Haggis (Nominee), 27 Sep 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best of Interactive (finalist)

M Haggis (Nominee), 25 Sep 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Gaming Horizons Stakeholder Interviews - anonymised

Perrotta, C. (Creator), Persico, D. (Creator), Haggis-Burridge, M. (Creator), Bailey, C. (Creator), Passarelli, M. (Creator), Buijtenweg, T. (Creator), Earp, J. (Creator), Zenodo, 31 Jan 2018