Gambling across borders

A blog about the productive life of risk

Gambling Studies follow-up research

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Greetings!  My name is Niko Ovenden, and I am working with Prof. Rebecca Cassidy this semester on a research project interested in the changing/changed landscape of the Gambling Studies field over the last couple of years.  I will be spending the next couple of months hoping to meet and discuss with a variety of colleagues – industry, academic, policy, charity – with interests in the Gambling Studies area; with a particular interest in how Gambling Studies may (or may not) have changed since the publication of Fair Game by Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2013.

My own background is an Undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh in Social Anthropology.  Graduating in 2006, my primary interest was in poker play, predominantly online, although my Undergraduate dissertation studied play in both online and “bricks and mortar” establishments.  From 2008-2016 I worked at the University of Edinburgh in a variety of administrative positions, completing an MSc by Research in Cultural Studies between 2013 and 2015: I now live outside Cambridge, England.

I retain a keen interest in gambling studies, not limited to card games such as poker, but also more broadly in the area of play and games (card, board, video). If you would be interested in discussing the changing landscape of Gambling Studies from an academic, professional/commercial, or policy background I would very much welcome being contacted at  Interviews will be conducted in early November either via Skype or, if viable, in person.


Written by nikoovenden

October 27, 2016 at 3:49 pm

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  1. Very interesting blog and a fascinating read. Will you be adding more content or are you done?


    December 11, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    • Hi BSB,

      More to follow! I have spent most of November having conversations with a range of informants and recently attended the GambleAware Harm Minimisation Conference in London for the first time. Drafting aside more content to follow this side of 2016/17!



      December 11, 2016 at 6:25 pm

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