Associate of the Hans-Bredow-Institut
Sebastian Deterding, M. A. studied comparative studies, communication science, psychology and philosophy at the University of Münster and Brown University, Providence, USA. Afterwards, he worked as an advisor/managing editor in the multimedia department of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung [Federal Agency for Civic Education] for several years. Among other things, he was responsible for the production of the election application "Wahl-O-Mat" and several online dossiers on the topics of open source, copyright and comptuer games. During this time, he worked also for the Information Society Division of the UNESCO in Paris on information policy and Internet governance for a short period of time. Folloing this, he worked as a research assistant at GATE Game Research for Training and Entertainment Project at the University of Utrecht, NL, focusing on design guidelines for persuasive games, before joining the publishing house Gruner+Jahr as an online developer.
From October 2009 to March 2010, he worked at the Hans-Bredow-Institut as a research assistant in the research project on the interface of code, governance and game design, which was followed by a doctorate at the Graduate School "Media and Communication", the interdisciplinary doctoral programme of the Research Center for Media and Communication (RCMC) in Hamburg, including a scholarship from State Initiative for Excellence in Hamburg.
His research interest lies within the area of persuasive design of games and digital media, the governance of new media, transmedial fictional worlds and their communities as well as framework analysis as an approach of communication theory, fiction theory and theory of computer games.