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Course Leader in Contemporary Education, Brunel University London

Nic Crowe is a qualified Teacher, Youth and Community Worker and Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. He is an experienced Practitioner with a background in technology and cultural studies. His main research focuses on "The Fantasy Cultures of Youth", specifically:

Young People's use of On-Line Games
Virtual Worlds and Learning Communities
Young People and Fantasy Role Play
Young People’s experiences of Manga, Anime and the Fantasy genre
The 'dark-side' of digital technology
His PhD thesis was a five year ethnographic study of an on-line world entitled ‘Hanging with the Catherby Shark Gurlz’ and other Runescape stories’. It focused on young people’s use of the internet for gaming, and looked particularly at virtual identities, virtual communities and their culture(s). He has made a number Media appearances talking about on-line gaming and its associated culture, including a presentation of his Runescape research for Radio 4’s ‘Thinking Allowed’.


  • –present
    Course Leader in Contemporary Education, Brunel University