Alex Gekker is an Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture and the thesis coordinator for the NMDC Masters programme. He completed his PhD at Utrecht University, working on the relations between mapping, digital interfaces and power. He is interested in ways socio-technical systems are designed to influence users, and his researched touched upon quantification and datafication of society, the experience economy and interface critique. He is the co-editor of Time for Mapping: Cartographic Temporalities and Playful Mapping in the Digital Age, both available as Open Access.
Additionally, he has participated in the field of games and play studies over his career, both as a scholar and practitioner. He has launched an early prototype of a location-based game, was part of the co-founding team of the Games for Health Europe series of conferences and now co-designs Playfields, a playful tool for teaching fieldwork.
Beyond specific topics, he has been increasingly interested in hybrid methods and methodology, constantly looking into new ways of doing research and teaching altogether.
In the past he has worked in variety of media positions, as journalist, editor and spokesperson.