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Media psychologist Christian Roth

studies the enjoyment and effects of interactive media, especially video games. His research spans user experience design and evaluation, interactive digital storytelling, game studies, and virtual reality. He focuses on questions such as: What makes an application enjoyable and entertaining? What are the effects of an application on users? What do users experience when using an application?  How to improve user experiences / application design?

Academic Positions

  • present2016

    Postdoc researcher and lecturer

    HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

    Within the professorship for Interactive Narrative Design, I’m conducting user experience studies to evaluate prototypes with the aim to identify design conventions. Teaching includes interactive narrative design and research (HKU Games & Interaction).

  • 20162009

    Doctorate researcher

    VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    My doctoral research was in the scope of the European FP7 project Integrating Research in Interactive Storytelling (IRIS), design and implementation of a user experience measurement battery to evaluate Interactive Storytelling applications. As part of the IRIS project, I was the researcher and project manager of the IRIS WP7 team, coordinating the efforts of a research assistant and two MA students in conducting experimental lab studies.

  • present2011

    Co-founder and organisator

    Annual interdisciplinary researching games BarCamp

  • 20082008

    Research assistant

    Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research, Hamburg, Germany

    Research on digital games as a challenge for the protection of minors.

  • 20082007

    Research assistant

    University of Music and Drama, Hanover, Germany

    As part of the Department of Journalism and Communication Research (IJK), I participated in
    the design and analysis of studies within the EU Project: Fun of Gaming – Measuring the Human
    Experience of Media Enjoyment (FuGa).

  • 20082007

    Extern associate

    at the Center for Youth Protection Lower-Saxony (Landesstelle Jugendschutz Niedersachsen). Development and application of strategies that integrate computer games in youth work and the training of pedagogical media. Production of the film Computer Games in the Youth Culture (German)


  • PhD 2016

    PhD in Communication Science

    VU University Amsterdam

  • MSc 2006

    Master of Science in Psychology

    Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

Selected Media Appearances

Awards and Grants

  • 2012
    Best Poster Award at the International Conference on Entertainment Computing, ICEC
  • 2009
    PhD Scholarship, Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation