Cristobal Catalan

PhD Researcher
Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
University of York

Cristobal's core research examines the narrative practice of gaming and interactive storytelling for mental wellbeing. Mediating between ludological and diegetic contexts, he is interested in driving the evolution of new media storytelling and participatory digital experiences. Cristobal's research aims to contribute towards more engaging purposeful games, leveraging positive psychological digital interventions for user wellbeing that can benefit large numbers of people.

A winner of the Creative England and Wellcome Trust competition, Create Open Health, Cristobal focuses on narrative diversity and inclusive participatory interactive experiences, strengthening the links between creative industry and the wellbeing sector. He is an associate of the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) in the Innovation Exchange initiative and has collaborated with esteemed organisations such as the Arts Council, English National Ballet, The Royal Photographic Society, Somerset House and BBC.  

Bringing his extensive industry experience, he is also an award winning film-maker, curator, game designer, VR creative consultant and festival programmer. Cristobal has presented at and produced several international conferences, as well as developed and taught media courses at the University of London, and served as a Trustee for a social arts charity.