Dr Aphra Kerr

Sociology, National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis. NIRSA

Senior Lecturer

Auxilia House
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(+353) 1 708 6140

Biography

My research and teaching focuses on understanding social and cultural aspects of media and technology. I teach a range of courses related to media, technology, the internet, and research methods, especially digitally native research methods.  I am currently researching new forms of work, including community managers and diversity and inclusion in the digital games industry. I am also interested in the social impact of artificial intelligence, robotics and smart technologies.  

Currently I am director of the MA in Sociology (Internet and Society). I was elected chair of the Communication Policy and Technology section of the International Association for Media and Communications Research in 2016.

I joined Maynooth University in Sept. 2005 and I was a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication in the USA from January-May 2011 as part of their Culture and Communication programme.

Prior to NUIM I worked as a research researcher at the Centre for Media Research at the University of Ulster, Coleraine in Northern Ireland and at the Society, Technology and Media research Centre at Dublin City University in the Republic of Ireland working on a range of projects including public service broadcasting policy, media literacy and digital inclusion. In DCU I was a Government of Ireland post-doctorate fellow from 2001-2003 working on the project Contemporary Digital Media: The Emergence of Digital Games. My PhD examined Ireland in the Global Information Economy: Innovation and Multimedia Content Industries and was awarded in 2000 by Dublin City University. During my PhD I spent six months at UNU/INTECH in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

More info on publications at Google Scholar and ResearchGate. You will also find me on twitter @aphrak

Research Interests

Cultural and creative industries, media work and production esp. new forms of work, transnational audiences/ users of digital media, gender and new media, digital games, governance and regulation of media, cultural diversity and heritage.

Research Projects

  Project Role Description Start Date End Date
ReFig Co-Investigator 01-JAN-16 31-DEC-16

Books

  Year Publication
2017 Global Games: Production, Circulation and Policy in the Networked Era.
Kerr, Aphra (2017) Global Games: Production, Circulation and Policy in the Networked Era. New York: Routledge. [Details]
2006 The business and culture of digital games: Gamework/gameplay.
Kerr Aphra (2006) The business and culture of digital games: Gamework/gameplay. London: Sage. [DOI] [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2015 International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society
Editor(s): Robin Mansell, Peng Hwa Ang (Editors-in-Chief), Charles Steinfield, Shenja van der Graaf, Pieter Ballon, Aphra Kerr, James D. Ivory, Sandra Braman, Dorothea Kleine, David J. Grimshaw (Associted Editors) (Ed.). (2015) International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society United States: Wiley-Blackwell. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2015 'Reclaiming Public Space: Sound and Mobile Media Use by Teenagers'
O'Keeffe, Linda, Kerr, Aphra (2015) 'Reclaiming Public Space: Sound and Mobile Media Use by Teenagers'. International Journal of Communication, 9 [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'The Recruitment of Passion and Community in the Service of Capital: Community Managers in the Digital Games Industry'
Kerr, Aphra, Kelleher, J D (2015) 'The Recruitment of Passion and Community in the Service of Capital: Community Managers in the Digital Games Industry'. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 32 :177-192 [Details]
2014 'Surveillant assemblages of governance in massively multiplayer online games: A comparative analysis'
Kerr A., De Paoli S., Keatinge M. (2014) 'Surveillant assemblages of governance in massively multiplayer online games: A comparative analysis'. Surveillance & Society, 12 (3):320-336 [Details]
2013 'Social and Spatial Structures of Innovation in the Irish Animation Industry'
van Egeraat, C, O Riain, S., Kerr, A. (2013) 'Social and Spatial Structures of Innovation in the Irish Animation Industry'. European Planning Studies, 21 :1437-1455 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'On crimes and punishments in virtual worlds: bots, the failure of punishment and players as moral entrepreneurs'
De Paoli, S;Kerr, A (2012) 'On crimes and punishments in virtual worlds: bots, the failure of punishment and players as moral entrepreneurs'. Ethics and Information Technology, 14 :73-87 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'The spatialisation of the digital games industry: lessons from Ireland'
Kerr, A;Cawley, A (2012) 'The spatialisation of the digital games industry: lessons from Ireland'. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 18 :398-418 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Toward trust as result. A transdisciplinary research agenda for the 'Future internet''
de Paoli S.;Gangadharan G.;Kerr A.;d'Andrea V. (2011) 'Toward trust as result. A transdisciplinary research agenda for the 'Future internet''. TripleC, 9 (2):702-714 [Details]
2010 '3rd ICTs and society meeting; paper session - theorizing the Internet; paper 1: Toward trust as result. a transdisciplinary research agenda for the 'Future Internet''
de Paoli S.;Gangadharan G.;Kerr A.;D'Andrea V.;Serrano M.;Botvich D.;McGibney J. (2010) '3rd ICTs and society meeting; paper session - theorizing the Internet; paper 1: Toward trust as result. a transdisciplinary research agenda for the 'Future Internet''. TripleC, 8 (2):121-123 [Details]
2009 'INNOVATION AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE DIGITAL MEDIA SECTOR An information economy approach'
Preston, P;Kerr, A;Cawley, A (2009) 'INNOVATION AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE DIGITAL MEDIA SECTOR An information economy approach'. Information Communication and Society, 12 :994-1014 [DOI] [Details]
2006 'New media - New pleasures?'
Kerr A.;Kücklich J.;Brereton P. (2006) 'New media - New pleasures?'. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 9 (1):63-82 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Placing International Media Production'
Kerr, Aphra (2014) 'Placing International Media Production'. MEDIA INDUSTRIES JOURNAL, 1 [IR Link] [Details]
2013 'Social and Spatial Structures of Innovation in the Irish Animation Industry '
Van Egeraat, Chris, O'Riain, Sean, Kerr, Aphra, (2013) 'Social and Spatial Structures of Innovation in the Irish Animation Industry '. European Planning Studies, 21 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'On Crimes and Punishments in Virtual Worlds: Bots, the failure of punishment and players as moral entrepreneurs '
De Paoli, Stefano, Kerr, Aphra, (2012) 'On Crimes and Punishments in Virtual Worlds: Bots, the failure of punishment and players as moral entrepreneurs '. ETHICS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, 14 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'L’agencement de la triche. Aborder la triche dans les MMORPG comme un imbroglio'
De Paoli, S. Kerr, Aphra (2012) 'L’agencement de la triche. Aborder la triche dans les MMORPG comme un imbroglio'. LA REVUE RÉSEAUX – COMMUNICATION – TECHNOLOGIE – SOCIÉTÉ, 30 :235-269 [Details]
2011 'The spatialisation of the digital games industry: Lessons from Ireland '
Kerr, A., Cawley, A. (2011) 'The spatialisation of the digital games industry: Lessons from Ireland '. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CULTURAL POLICY, 15 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2010 'The Assemblage of Cheating: How to Study Cheating as Imbroglio in MMORPGs'
De Paoli, Stefano Kerr, Aphra (2010) 'The Assemblage of Cheating: How to Study Cheating as Imbroglio in MMORPGs'. THE FIBRECULTURE JOURNAL, [IR Link] [Details]
2010 'We Will Always be One Step Ahead of Them. A Case Study on the Economy of Cheating in MMORPGs'
De Paoli, Stefano Kerr, Aphra (2010) 'We Will Always be One Step Ahead of Them. A Case Study on the Economy of Cheating in MMORPGs'. JOURNAL OF VIRTUAL WORLDS RESEARCH, 2 [IR Link] [Details]
2009 'Innovation in the digital media sector: redefining knowledge inputs and policies'
Preston, P, Kerr, A, and Cawley, A. (2009) 'Innovation in the digital media sector: redefining knowledge inputs and policies'. INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY, 12 :994-1014 [Details]
2006 'New Media: New Pleasures?'
Kerr, A, Brereton, P, and Kucklich, J. (2006) 'New Media: New Pleasures?'. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES, 9 [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'Game for it?'
Delaney, D., Kerr, A. and Gallagher, D. (2004) 'Game for it?'. THE ENGINEER'S JOURNAL, 58 :244-249 [IR Link] [Details]
2003 'Revisiting Globalisation through the Movie and Digital Games Industries.’ In'
Kerr, A. & Flynn, R. (2003) 'Revisiting Globalisation through the Movie and Digital Games Industries.’ In'. CONVERGENCE, 9 [IR Link] [Details]
2003 'Live Life to the power of PS2. Locating the Games Industry in the New Media Environment'
Kerr, A. (2003) 'Live Life to the power of PS2. Locating the Games Industry in the New Media Environment'. Irish Communications Review, 9 [Details]
2001 'Digital Media, the Nation State and Local Cultures: The development of multimedia content in Ireland'
Preston, P. & Kerr, A. (2001) 'Digital Media, the Nation State and Local Cultures: The development of multimedia content in Ireland'. MEDIA, CULTURE AND SOCIETY, 23 :109-131 [IR Link] [Details]
2000 'Media Diversity and Cultural Identities. The Development of Multimedia ‘Content’ products in Ireland'
Kerr, A. (2000) 'Media Diversity and Cultural Identities. The Development of Multimedia ‘Content’ products in Ireland'. NEW MEDIA AND SOCIETY, 3 [IR Link] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2016 'Recruitment, Work, and Identity in Community Management: Passion, Precarity, and Play'
Aphra Kerr (2016) 'Recruitment, Work, and Identity in Community Management: Passion, Precarity, and Play' In: Webster, Juliet and Randle, Kieth (eds). Virtual Workers and the Global Labour Market. UK: Palgrave MacMillan. [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Online Games'
Kerr, Aphra and Ivory, J. (2015) 'Online Games' In: The International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society . New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell. [Details]
2013 'Space Wars: The Politics of Games Production in Europe'
Kerr, A (2013) 'Space Wars: The Politics of Games Production in Europe' In: GAMING GLOBALLY: PRODUCTION, PLAY, AND PLACE. BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE. [Details]
2011 'Polish Migrants and Media Transnationalism'
Titley, G;Kerr, A (2011) 'Polish Migrants and Media Transnationalism' In: GLOBALIZATION, MIGRATION AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION: IRELAND IN EUROPE AND THE WORLD. ALDERSHOT: ASHGATE PUBLISHING LTD. [Details]
2010 'Beyond billiard balls: transnational flows, cultural diversity and digital games'
Kerr, A (2010) 'Beyond billiard balls: transnational flows, cultural diversity and digital games' In: GOVERNANCE OF DIGITAL GAME ENVIRONMENTS AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY: TRANSDISCIPLINARY ENQUIRIES. CHELTENHAM: EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING LTD. [Details]
2006 'The business of making digital games'
Kerr A. (2006) 'The business of making digital games' In: Understanding Digital Games. [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Transnational Media Networks and the 'migration nation''
Kerr, A., King O’Riain, R., and Titley, G., (2013) 'Transnational Media Networks and the 'migration nation'' In: Migrations: Ireland in a Global World. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
2013 'Space Wars: The Politics of Games Production in Europe'
Kerr, Aphra (2013) 'Space Wars: The Politics of Games Production in Europe' In: Gaming Globally. Production, Play and Place. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'The Irish and UK Videogame Industries'
Kerr, Aphra (2012) 'The Irish and UK Videogame Industries' In: The Video Game Industry: Formation, Present State and Future. New York: Routledge. [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'Here, there and everywhere: Polish media transnationalism '
Titley, Gavan, Dr Aphra Kerr (2011) 'Here, there and everywhere: Polish media transnationalism ' In: Immigration and the Irish Experience of European and Global Transformation. Farnham: Ashgate. [Details]
2011 'The Culture of Gamework'
Kerr, Aphra (2011) 'The Culture of Gamework' In: Managing Media Work. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'Player production and innovation in online games - Time for new rules?'
Kerr, Aphra (2011) 'Player production and innovation in online games - Time for new rules?' In: Online Gaming in Context — The social and cultural significance of online games. Oxon: Routledge. [Details]
2011 'Constructing the Role of Users in ICT Design '
Kerr, A., De Paoli, S., Storni, C., (2011) 'Constructing the Role of Users in ICT Design ' In: New Media Technologies and User Empowerment. Berlin: Peter Lang. [Details]
2010 'Integrating Players, Reputation and Ranking to Manage Cheating in MMOGs'
Botvich, D., McGibney, J., Ostapenko, G., De Paoli, S., Kerr, A. and Keatinge, M. (2010) 'Integrating Players, Reputation and Ranking to Manage Cheating in MMOGs' In: FDG 2010: The 5th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games. California: ACM. [IR Link] [Details]
2010 'Beyond billiard balls: transnational flows, cultural diversity and digital games'
Kerr, Aphra (2010) 'Beyond billiard balls: transnational flows, cultural diversity and digital games' In: Governance of Digital Game Environments and Cultural Diversity. Transdisciplinary Enquiries. Edward Elgar. [IR Link] [Details]
2009 'Knowledge Economy'
Kerr, A. and Riain, S. (2009) 'Knowledge Economy' In: International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography. Oxford: Elsevier. [IR Link] [Details]
2009 'New Media: New Pleasures?'
Kerr, A., Brereton, P. and Kücklich, J. (2009) 'New Media: New Pleasures?' In: History of Audience Study. Volume 1. Media Audiences. SAGE Benchmarks in Communication. London: Sage Publications. [Details]
2007 'Transnational flows: media use by Poles in Ireland'
Kerr, A. (2007) 'Transnational flows: media use by Poles in Ireland' In: Mapping Irish Media: Critical Explorations. Dublin: UCD Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2007 'Player-Centered Game Design: Player Modeling and Adaptive Digital Games'
Charles, D., McNeill, M, McAlister, M. J. Kücklich, Kerr, A. Black, M. Moore, A. Stringer, K. (2007) 'Player-Centered Game Design: Player Modeling and Adaptive Digital Games' In: Worlds in Play. International Perspectives on Digital Games Research. . New York: Peter Lang. [Details]
2007 'Locating the Digital Games Industry in the New Media Environment'
Kerr, A. (2007) 'Locating the Digital Games Industry in the New Media Environment' In: The Gaming Industry - An Introduction. Hyderabad, India: Icfai Books. [Details]
2007 'From Boston to Berlin – Creativity and Digital Media Industries in the Celtic Tiger'
Kerr, A. (2007) 'From Boston to Berlin – Creativity and Digital Media Industries in the Celtic Tiger' In: My Creativity Reader. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures. [IR Link] [Details]
2006 'Spilling Hot coffee. Grand Theft Auto as contested cultural product'
Kerr, A. (2006) 'Spilling Hot coffee. Grand Theft Auto as contested cultural product' In: A Strategy Guide for Studying the Grand Theft Auto Series. Jefferson: McFarland press. [IR Link] [Details]
2006 'The Business of Making Games'
Kerr, A. (2006) 'The Business of Making Games' In: Understanding Digital Games. London: Sage Publications. [IR Link] [Details]
2005 'New Media'
Kerr, A. (2005) 'New Media' In: The Irish Media Guide. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. [Details]
2004 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun!'
Kerr, A. (2004) 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun!' In: Strategies of Inclusion: Gender in the Information Society. Vol III: Surveys of Women’s User Experience. Trondheim: Norwegian University of Science and Technology. [Details]
2003 'Girls/Women Just Want to Have Fun: A Study of Adult Female Players of Digital Games'
Kerr, A. (2003) 'Girls/Women Just Want to Have Fun: A Study of Adult Female Players of Digital Games' In: Level Up: Proceedings from the first international conference of the International Digital Games Research Association. Utrecht: [IR Link] [Details]
2003 'Súil Eile. An Irish perspective on the mass media, technology and globalisation'
Kerr, A. (2003) 'Súil Eile. An Irish perspective on the mass media, technology and globalisation' In: Prometheus's Bequest: Technology and Change: Proceedings from the Macalester International Roundtable, 2002. Minnesota: Macalester College. [Details]
2002 'Representing users in the design of digital games'
Kerr, A. (2002) 'Representing users in the design of digital games' In: Computer Games and Digital Cultures. Finland: University of Tampere. [IR Link] [Details]
2002 'The business of culture. New media industries in Ireland'
Kerr, A. (2002) 'The business of culture. New media industries in Ireland' In: Ireland Unbound. A Turn of the Century Chronicle. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2010 Toward Trust as Result: An Interdisciplinary Approach
De Paoli, S., Gangadharan, G., Kerr, A., D'Andrea, V., Serrano, M. Botvich, D. (2010) Toward Trust as Result: An Interdisciplinary Approach Proceedings of ALPIS, University of Trento (Italy),11-14 February 2010 . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 10(8) [IR Link] [Details]
2010 Integrating players, reputation and ranking to manage cheating in MMOGs
Botvich D.;McGibney J.;Ostapenko G.;De Paoli S.;Kerr A.;Keatinge M. (2010) Integrating players, reputation and ranking to manage cheating in MMOGs FDG 2010 - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games , pp.17-24 [DOI] [Details]
2009 The cheating assemblage in mmorpgs: Toward a sociotechnical description of cheating
De Paoli S.;Kerr A. (2009) The cheating assemblage in mmorpgs: Toward a sociotechnical description of cheating Breaking New Ground: Innovation in Games, Play, Practice and Theory - Proceedings of DiGRA 2009 [Details]
2009 Trust and reputation policy-based mechanisms for self-protection in autonomic communications
Serrano M.;Van Der Meer S.;Strassner J.;De Paoli S.;Kerr A.;Storni C. (2009) Trust and reputation policy-based mechanisms for self-protection in autonomic communications Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) , pp.249-267 [DOI] [Details]
2009 The Economy of Cheating in MMORPGs: A Case Study of Innovation
De Paoli S. and Kerr, A. (2009) The Economy of Cheating in MMORPGs: A Case Study of Innovation 4th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems [IR Link] [Details]
2009 Rethinking the Role of Users in ICT Design: Reflections For the Internet
Kerr, A, De Paoli, S., Storni, C. (2009) Rethinking the Role of Users in ICT Design: Reflections For the Internet The Good, the Bad and the Challenging. The user and the future of ICTs Slovenia, [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2014 'Indie/dependent – incubating indies in Dublin and Montreal '
Kerr, Aphra Shepherd, Tamara (2014) 'Indie/dependent – incubating indies in Dublin and Montreal ' http://culturedigitally.org, NA . [Details]
2012 'The Politics of Cultural Production'
Kerr, Aphra (2012) 'The Politics of Cultural Production' http://culturedigitally.org, NA . [Details]
2012 'Game for Work'
Kerr, Aphra (2012) 'Game for Work' http://smartfutures.ie, NA . [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2010 Broadcasting in the New Ireland-Mapping & Envisioning Cultural Diversity Broadcasting.
Titley, Gavan, Kerr, Aphra and King O Riain, Rebecca (2010) Broadcasting in the New Ireland-Mapping & Envisioning Cultural Diversity Broadcasting. Broadcasting authority of Ireland, Dublin. [Details]
2010 Design & User Case Studies.
De Pavoli, S. Stornic C, Botvich (2010) Design & User Case Studies. TSSG Waterford IT, Waterford. [Details]
2009 Socio-Spatial Structures of Knowledge Flow and Innovation in the Irish Biotech and Digital Media Industries- Final Report.
Van Egeratt (2009) Socio-Spatial Structures of Knowledge Flow and Innovation in the Irish Biotech and Digital Media Industries- Final Report. EU, EU. [Details]
2009 The Games Industry in Ireland 2009.
A & Cawley (2009) The Games Industry in Ireland 2009. Maynooth University, NUIM. [Details]
2005 Media Literacy in Northern Ireland.
Aphra Kerr (2005) Media Literacy in Northern Ireland. University of Ulster, Centre for Media Research. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2016 Presented at Consoel-ing Passions.
Aphra Kerr (2016) Presented at Consoel-ing Passions. [Oral Presentation], Emotional Work in the Global Games Industry: Passion, Precarity and Play, Dublin , 18-JUN-15 - 20-JUN-15 [Details]
2013
Dr. Mirca Madianou (2013) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Mediating migration: transnational families and polymedia , Goldsmiths College, University of London. , Social Science, Sociology [Details]
2016 IAMCR Political Economy.
Aphra Kerr (2016) IAMCR Political Economy. [Oral Presentation], Production Logics and the Digital Games Industry, Leicester, UK , 26-JUL-16 - 31-JUL-16 [Details]
2016 Presented at the DIGRA/FDG conference.
Aphra Kerr (2016) Presented at the DIGRA/FDG conference. [Oral Presentation], Production Logistics in Digital Games, Dundee, Scotland [Details]
2015 IAMCR CPT Section.
Aphra Kerr (2015) IAMCR CPT Section. [Oral Presentation], The Recruitment of Passion and Community in the Service of Capital: Online COmmunity Managers in the Surveillant Assemblage, Montreal, Canada , 12-JUL-15 - 16-JUN-16 [Details]
2014 Presented at the Pictilin, Creative Media Conference.
Aphra Kerr, John D. Kelleher and Katarina Vesikko (2014) Presented at the Pictilin, Creative Media Conference. [Oral Presentation], Games as a Service: The Invisible Labour of Community Managers, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland , 03-NOV-14 [Details]
2014 Presented at the Pictilin, Creative Media Conference.
Aphra Kerr and Raymond Payne (2014) Presented at the Pictilin, Creative Media Conference. [Oral Presentation], Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark- the evolution of creation and creativity between DJ and audience, Dundalk Institute of Technology , 03-NOV-14 [Details]
2014 Presented at the Pictilin, Creative Media Conference.
Aphra Kerr and Edward Sugden (2014) Presented at the Pictilin, Creative Media Conference. [Oral Presentation], Discourses Around Video Games within Newsprint Media in the USA and Ireland between 2001 to 2014, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland , 03-NOV-14 [Details]
2014
Dr. Tamara Shepherd (2014) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Between Innovation and Survival: A comparative study of indie game initiatives in Ireland and Canada, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada., Social Science, Sociology [Details]
2014 Presented at the Dynamics Virtual Work: The Transformation of Labour in a Global Digital Economy, Conference.
Aphra Kerr and Dr John Kelleher and Katatrina Vesikko (2014) Presented at the Dynamics Virtual Work: The Transformation of Labour in a Global Digital Economy, Conference. [Oral Presentation], Occupational Implications of Games as a Service: The Invisible Work of Community Managers, University of Hertfordshire , 03-SEP-14 - 05-SEP-14 [Details]
2013 Presented at the Community Communications division of the International Media and Communications Research conference.
Aphra Kerr and Linda O'Keefe (2013) Presented at the Community Communications division of the International Media and Communications Research conference. [Oral Presentation], Mobilising the City? Teenagers and mobile sound technologies in urban city spaces, Dublin Ireland [Details]
2013 Part of the Strategies and Tactics for Promoting Indie Game Design Panel, Association for Internet Research.
Aphra Kerr (2013) Part of the Strategies and Tactics for Promoting Indie Game Design Panel, Association for Internet Research. [Oral Presentation], Towards Creative Autonomy:Tactics for Survival, Denver, Colorado, USA , 23-OCT-13 - 28-OCT-13 [Details]
2013 Presented at the Communication Technology division of the International Media Communications Research Conference.
Aphra Kerr (2013) Presented at the Communication Technology division of the International Media Communications Research Conference. [Oral Presentation], Governing Games- Economic Technological and Policy Issues, Dublin Ireland [Details]
2012 Panel convenor and chair, at the Association for Internet Research.
Aphra Kerr, Sal Humphreys, Mira Burri and Greg Lastowka (2012) Panel convenor and chair, at the Association for Internet Research. [Oral Presentation], Governing Games [in the public interest]- Social, Economic and Policy Issues, Salford, Manchester, UK [Details]
2011 Presented at the Game Behind the Video Game. Business, Regulation and Society in the Games Industry.
Aphra Kerr (2011) Presented at the Game Behind the Video Game. Business, Regulation and Society in the Games Industry. [Oral Presentation], Globalisation and Mobile Labour in the Digital Games Industry: Implications for policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA , 09-APR-11 [Details]
2011 Presented at A Decade in Internet Time: Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society;iCS and Oxford Institute.
Aphra Kerr, De.Paoli S. and Keating, M. (2011) Presented at A Decade in Internet Time: Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society;iCS and Oxford Institute. [Oral Presentation], Human and Non-Human Aspects of Governance and Regulation of MMOGs, Oxford University UK , 21-SEP-11 - 21-SEP-11 [Details]
2011 Presented at the Political Economy section of the IAMCR.
Aphra Kerr (2011) Presented at the Political Economy section of the IAMCR. [Oral Presentation], Spatialisation and Mobile Labour in the Digital Games industry, Istanbul, Turkey , 15-JUL-11 [Details]
2011 Panel convenor and chair, presented at the DiGRA bi-annual conference.
Aphra Kerr (2011) Panel convenor and chair, presented at the DiGRA bi-annual conference. [Oral Presentation], Digital Games as Cultural Industry? Does it matter?, Utrecht School of Art, Hilversum, The Netherlands , 14-OCT-11 - 17-OCT-11 [Details]
2011 Presented at the DiGRA bi-annual conference, Think, Play, Design, Utrecht School of Art Hilversum.
Aphra Kerr (2011) Presented at the DiGRA bi-annual conference, Think, Play, Design, Utrecht School of Art Hilversum. [Oral Presentation], Globalisation and mobile labour in the Irish Games Industry:implications for policy, The Netherlands , 14-SEP-11 - 17-SEP-11 [Details]
2009 Paper accepted for presentation at 'Users as innov.
(2009) Paper accepted for presentation at 'Users as innov. [Oral Presentation], Rethinking the Role of Users in ICT Design: Reflec, Copenhagen [Details]
2009 Game Focus Germany, professional games industry co.
(2009) Game Focus Germany, professional games industry co. [Oral Presentation], Considering Cultural Diversity in Game Development, Hannover, Germany [Details]
2009 Presented at the Breaking New Ground: Innovation i.
(2009) Presented at the Breaking New Ground: Innovation i. [Oral Presentation], Levels of Complexity: Cultural Diversity, Politics, Brunel, London [Details]
2009 Presented at the Breaking New Ground: Innovation i.
(2009) Presented at the Breaking New Ground: Innovation i. [Oral Presentation], The Cheating Assemblage in MMORPGs: Toward a socio, Brunel, London [Details]
2009 Presented at the annual Sociology Association of I.
(2009) Presented at the annual Sociology Association of I. [Oral Presentation], Assessing cultural diversity and digital games, Waterford IT, Ireland [Details]
2008 Presented at Association for Internet Research.
(2008) Presented at Association for Internet Research. [Public presentations], Outsourcing Risk.’ Video Game Cultures and User Ge, Copenhagen [Details]
2008 Irish Social Sciences Platform conferenc.
(2008) Irish Social Sciences Platform conferenc. [Public presentations], Conceptualising Trust, DCU [Details]
2008 Presented at the Sociology Association of Ireland.
(2008) Presented at the Sociology Association of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Discourses of Diversity, UCG [Details]
2008 Presented at the Irish Media Research Network conf.
(2008) Presented at the Irish Media Research Network conf. [Oral Presentation], Where is the creativity in the Media Industries?’, NUIM [Details]
2008 Governance of Online Worlds and Cultural Diversity.
(2008) Governance of Online Worlds and Cultural Diversity. [Oral Presentation], Encouraging the Production of Cultural Diversity i, University of Lucerne, Switzerland [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2015 Review of ‘Understanding the Media’ Eoin Devereux. Third Edition. Sage Publications.
Kerr, Aphra (2015) Review of ‘Understanding the Media’ Eoin Devereux. Third Edition. Sage Publications. Book Review [DOI] [Details]
2009 Review of Costall, A and Drier, O. (Eds) (2006) Doing Thing with Things. The Design of Everyday Objects.
Kerr, Dr Aphra (2009) Review of Costall, A and Drier, O. (Eds) (2006) Doing Thing with Things. The Design of Everyday Objects. Book Review [Details]
2008 Review of ‘T L Taylor, (2006) Play Between Worlds: Exploring Online Game Culture’.
Dr Aphra Kerr (2008) Review of ‘T L Taylor, (2006) Play Between Worlds: Exploring Online Game Culture’. Book Review [Details]
2007 Review of Silverstone, R. (Ed.) (2005) Media, Technology and Everyday Life in Europe. From Information to Communication.
Dr Aphra Kerr (2007) Review of Silverstone, R. (Ed.) (2005) Media, Technology and Everyday Life in Europe. From Information to Communication. Book Review [Details]
2006 ‘Dungeons and Dragnets’ Review of Salen, K. and Zimmerman, E. (eds) 'The Game Design Reader', for Mute beta, available at http://www.metamute.org/en/Dungeons-and-Dragnets.
Dr Aphra Kerr (2006) ‘Dungeons and Dragnets’ Review of Salen, K. and Zimmerman, E. (eds) 'The Game Design Reader', for Mute beta, available at http://www.metamute.org/en/Dungeons-and-Dragnets. Book Review [Details]
2004 Review of Technology and In/Equality. Questioning the Information Society’, Wyatt, S. et al (Eds.)in Men and Masculinities.
Dr Aphra Kerr (2004) Review of Technology and In/Equality. Questioning the Information Society’, Wyatt, S. et al (Eds.)in Men and Masculinities. Book Review [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2000 Ireland in the Global Information Economy: Innovation and Multimedia Content Industries.
Dr Aphra Kerr (2000) Ireland in the Global Information Economy: Innovation and Multimedia Content Industries. Dublin City University: Thesis [Details]
1995 The Use of Communication Technologies and the Potential Adoption of the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) in the Irish Media and Information Industries.
Dr Aphra Kerr (1995) The Use of Communication Technologies and the Potential Adoption of the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) in the Irish Media and Information Industries. Thesis [Details]

Technical Publication

  Year Publication
2009 The Games industry in Ireland 2009.
Kerr, A. and Cawley, A. (2009) The Games industry in Ireland 2009. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]

Working Paper

  Year Publication
2009 Socio-Spatial Structures of Knowledge Flow and Innovation in the Irish Biotech and Digital Media Industries.
Van Egeraat, C., Ó Riain, S. and Kerr, A. (2009) Socio-Spatial Structures of Knowledge Flow and Innovation in the Irish Biotech and Digital Media Industries. Working Paper [IR Link] [Details]
2009 The sociology of trusted systems: the episteme and judgment of a technology.
De Paoli, S., Kerr, A. and Storni, C. (2009) The sociology of trusted systems: the episteme and judgment of a technology. Working Paper [IR Link] [Details]
2008 Conceptualising Trust : A Literature Review.
De Paoli, S. and Kerr, A. (2008) Conceptualising Trust : A Literature Review. Working Paper [IR Link] [Details]
2005 The Future of the BBC.
White, A., Messenger Davies, M., Hill, A., and Kerr, A. (2005) The Future of the BBC. Working Paper [Details]
2004 New Media: New Pleasures?.
Kerr, A., Brereton, P., Kücklich, J. and Flynn, R. (2004) New Media: New Pleasures?. Working Paper [IR Link] [Details]
2004 Media Literacy in Northern Ireland.
Dr. Aphra Kerr (2004) Media Literacy in Northern Ireland. Working Paper [IR Link] [Details]
2003 Girls/Women Just Want to Have Fun.
Dr Aphra Kerr (2003) Girls/Women Just Want to Have Fun. Working Paper [Details]
2002 Loading…Please Wait. Ireland and the Global Games Industry.
Dr Aphra Kerr (2002) Loading…Please Wait. Ireland and the Global Games Industry. Working Paper [Details]
1997 The Social Shaping of Multimedia in Ireland. Actors, Networks and Relationships.
Preston, P and Kerr, A (1997) The Social Shaping of Multimedia in Ireland. Actors, Networks and Relationships. Working Paper [Details]
1996 The Evolution of Science and Technology Policies in Ireland, 1963-1995. Issues and Responses.
Kerr, A. (1996) The Evolution of Science and Technology Policies in Ireland, 1963-1995. Issues and Responses. Working Paper [Details]
1994 The Use and Adoption of ISDN and other Communication Technologies in the Irish Media and Cultural Industries.
Preston, P and Kerr, A. (1994) The Use and Adoption of ISDN and other Communication Technologies in the Irish Media and Cultural Industries. Working Paper [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2016 DiGRA Distinguished Scholar Digital Games Research Association
2001 Postdoctoral Fellow Irish Research Council
1995 European PhD fellowship United Nations University & EU
1993 Irish American Partnership Postgraduate Fellowship Irish American Partnership Scholar Programme

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
International Association for Media and Communication Research Chair of the Communication Policy & Technology section 01-AUG-16 /
International Association for Media and Communciations Research Vice-chair Communication Technology & Policy section 01-AUG-12 / 31-JUL-16

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Academic Council Research Committee Member 2016 /
Social Sciences Research Ethics Sub-Committee Sociology representative 2009 / 2011
European Communication Policy Research - EURO-CPR Organisation Committee 2010 / 2013

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
University of Ulster Research Fellow 01-SEP-04 / 31-AUG-05
Dublin City University Postdoctoral Fellow 01-FEB-00 / 30-APR-04

Teaching Interests

Currently teaching:
Media and Society (UG), Technology and Culture (UG), Political Economies and Cultures of the Internet (MA) and Advanced Digital Research Methods (MA)

Previously have taught: 
Special Topics Thesis Class (UG), The Sociological Imagination: Culture and Everyday Life (UG), Fieldwork (UG), Globalisation and the Media (MA), Online Research Methods (MA), Critical Issues in Digital Games (PhD), Futures of Work (MA)

Recent Postgraduates

  Graduation Student Name University Degree Thesis
2014 Linda O'Keeffe Maynooth University PhD. Spaces of Reproduction: How Teenagers Co-construct Post Industrial Soundscapes in Smithfield, Dublin.