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Mark Griffiths

Nottingham Trent University, UK

Dr. Mark Griffiths is a Chartered Psychologist and Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction at the Nottingham Trent University, and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit. He is internationally known for his work on behavioural addictions has published over 820 refereed research papers, five books, 150+ book chapters and over 1500 other articles. He has won 21 national and international awards for his work. He also does a lot of freelance journalism and has appeared on over 3500 radio and television programs, and written over 350 articles for national and international newspapers and magazines.

David Hodgins

University of Calgary, Canada

David C. Hodgins, Ph.D., is a professor in the Program in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary and a coordinator with the Alberta Gaming Research Institute. He is registered as a Clinical Psychologist in Alberta. His research interests focus on various aspects of addictive behaviours including relapse and recovery from substance abuse and gambling disorders. He has conducted a number of randomized clinical trials of both brief and more traditional addiction treatment models. He is director of the Addictive Behaviours Lab at the University of Calgary and maintains a private practice in Calgary in addition to providing consultation to a number of organizations internationally. Dr. Hodgins co-chairs the Scientific Working Group of the National Low Risk Gambling Guidelines development project.

Patrik Prax

Uppsala University, Sweden

Dr. Patrick Prax is assistant professor at the Department of Game Design at Uppsala University. Patrick has a PhD in Media Studies from the Informatics and Media Department at Uppsala University. He wrote his dissertation on the co-creation of digital games as alternative media. You can see his TEDx Uppsala University talk about this topic here.
Patrick has also been working with problematic gaming and game addiction (recorded for UR in English or in Swedish for Region Gotland) and written about the preservation and exhibition of digital games. He is also serving as board member for the Cultural Heritage Incubator of the Swedish National Heritage Board.
Patrick has been speaking for several municipalities in Sweden, has been an invited speaker at several events during Almedalsveckan and at the Sweden Game Conference as well as at the Swedish Gamification Meetup. He has appeared in national television in TV4 and UNT24 speaking about problematic gaming and social media, has been working with a school on a project around gaming students, and has been contributing to UNT and features in Hela Gotland with pieces about games in society. Finally, Patrick is co-chairing the Game Studies temporary working group at NordMedia and co-organizing the HEVGA European Games Research Summer School.

Pekka Sulkunen

University of Helsinki, Finland

Professor emeritus of sociology, University of Helsinki. President of the European Sociological Association2011-2013, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. His research interests are the public sector governance, power and democracy, social theory, and addictions. First author of an international collaborative book Setting Limits. Gambling, Science and Public Policy, with., Babor, T., Cisneros Örnberg, J., Egerer, M., Hellman, M., Livingstone, C., Marionneau, V., Nikkinen, J., Orford, J., Room, R. and Rossow, I. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018). Other recent publications include The Saturated Society (Second Edition 2016); Society on its own. The sociological promise today (European J. of Cultural and Political Sociology 2014); Autonomy against Intimacy (Telos 156/2011); The Kurdish Question: The Black Holes of Democracy (Telos 171/2015). The Consumer Society and the Social Bond: the Neoliberal Turn in Norway (2015); The Images Theory of Addiction (2015). Currently lecturing on “The sociological promise from the Enlightenment to Postmodern Critics”.

Samantha Thomas

Deakin, Australia

Dr Samantha Thomas is Associate Professor of Public Health at the Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University. Her research explores the impact of socio-cultural and commercial determinants on gambling attitudes and behaviours. Her recent research has investigated the factors that contribute to the normalisation of gambling, gambling in young women, and public health advocacy frameworks for gambling reform. Samantha is internationally recognised for her research exploring the impact of gambling marketing on young people. She has provided testimony to numerous parliamentary inquiries, and regularly provides comment to national and international media.