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Mattia Thibault

Assistant Professor (tenure track), translation in creative industries

About me

Dr Mattia Thibault is an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Translation in the Creative Industries at Tampere University. He is a member of the Language Unit and collaborates with the Gamification Group, the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies and the Flagship project UNITE - Forest-Human-Machine Interplay. His work revolves around the synergies and translations between media and communication, playfulness and the built environment (real and digital). His research projects “LudoSpace” and “ReClaim” (EU MSCA-IF 793835) focused on urban gamification and bottom-up and punk ways to use playfulness for good. In 2017 he earned a PhD in Semiotics and Media at Turin University, where he subsequently worked as research fellow in 2018. He has been visiting researcher at Tartu University (Estonia), The Strong Museum of Play (Rochester, NY, US), Helsinki University (Finland), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands) and Waag | Technology and Society (Netherlands). He often hides tiny rubber dinosaurs in public spaces.

Research unit

Language Unit

Selected publications

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Thibault, M. (ed.)(2022) Speculative Semiotics, special issue of Linguistic Frontiers, Volume 5 (2022): Issue 3, Pages: 86.

Thibault, M. and J. Hamari (2021), Seven points to reappropriate gamification. In Transforming Society and Organizations through Gamification (pp. 11-28). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Thibault, M., Buruk, O. O., Buruk, S. S., & Hamari, J. (2020). Transurbanism: Smart Cities for Transhumans. In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (pp. 1915-1928).