Gabriele Ferri is a design researcher at Play and Civic Media. He also co-coordinates the M.Sc. Digital Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, where he is tenured lecturer in Design Ethics.
Combining his interests in playful and ubiquitous interactions, design futuring, and location-based experiences, Gabriele pursues a research agenda focusing on the use of urban games as design tools to empower minorities. Current research interests include critical and speculative uses of game design, qualitative methodologies for interaction design, pervasive interactions between media, public spaces, and citizens, and participatory workshops for creative futuring. He previously worked at Indiana University (USA), University of Bologna (Italy), and University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy), and he holds a PhD in Semiotics (Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane; Università di Bologna, Italy) with an interest in the qualitative analysis of Human-Computer Interaction.
He recently co-edited the volumes A Lab of Labs: Methods and Approaches for a Human-Centered Design, and Interactive Digital Narrative: History, Theory and Practice, as well as the journal issue G|A|M|E 5(1) Games on Games. Game design as critical reflexive practice.
His personal website is gabrieleferri.com.