Hanna Wirman

Associate Professor, Center for Computer Games Research.


Hanna Wirman is an associate professor of games and play design. Her research focuses on marginal and critical ways of playing and making games, including game fandom, serious games, diversity concerns and the design and research of animal play. Her work has been published in journals such as Game Studies, Television & New Media, Simulation & Gaming, Games and Culture, and Transformative Works and Cultures, and she is co-editor of Extending Experiences: Structure, Analysis and Design of Computer Game Player Experience (2008), with Olli Leino and Amyris Fernandez. Prior to moving to Denmark, Hanna worked 8 years at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University leading a game development stream of a MSc program and several serious games development projects. She served as the first President of Chinese DiGRA, and currently as the Vice President of DiGRA. She founded the Global Game Jam Hong Kong in 2012 and lead it until 2019. Her industry talks and keynotes include FDG, TEDxHong Kong, and GDC.

Areas of competence

Digital games, Game design, Game cultures, New media, Critical theory, Ethnography, Design research.

Current Research Interests

Gender, Identity, Co-creativity, Co-design, Participatory cultures, Fan cultures, Mobile games, Pervasive games, Non-human animal play.

Publications List

Available here.

Contact info

Email: wirman at itu.dk