Dr Mark Johnson

Department of Sociology
University of York

Mark studied for his PhD in Sociology at the University of York, and is a member of the University’s Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) with interests in gaming skill and literacy, gaming cultures, and the phenomenology of gameplay. Mark also has experience as an independent game developer, former professional gamer, multiple game world record holder and now programmer, having developed the first ever models of qualitative procedural generation (QPG).

Mark is examining the social influences of technology in society within DC Labs, working with Dr Darren Reed on the SimYork and EPISODE projects. He is also working on examining the contemporary phenomenon of “esports” – professional video gaming – and the live broadcast of video game play, and how these are transforming digital economy, and might potentially be used for fostering data literacy in their viewers.