Wannes Ribbens has recently been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Wannes’ research is focused on the audience and users of (digital) media. He is currently developing two research lines. A first research line concerns the appeal, appropriation, and impact of digital game play. Topics of interest include perceived game realism, game involvement, and playing styles. A second research line is devoted to understanding contextual factors that affect media use. Wannes has investigated media use in a prison context as well as the adoption of digital technologies by young children in the home context.
Wannes holds a PhD in Communication Sciences from the University of Leuven. After obtaining his PhD he worked as a senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Media Studies (University of Leuven) and as a senior researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT (University of Leuven) and the research group for Media & ICT (University of Ghent). He is a founding member and executive board member of the Flemish chapter of the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA Flanders), an organization that promotes collaboration between game researchers and other stakeholders (e.g. industry) through workshops and the dissemination of research results.
Wannes has published refereed articles in journals such as New Media & Society; CyberPsychology, Behavior & Social Networking; Poetics; and Presence. He has also been awarded best (student) paper awards at the conference of the International Communication Association (2009; 2011) and at the Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap (2011).
Wannes’ teaching interests include audience research, game studies, communication studies, and quantitative and qualitative research methods.