Gabriel Elvery’s Academic C.V

PhD Researcher in Fantasy Literature and Game Studies.

Game maker, writer, international guest lecturer.


University of Glasgow
Qualification: PhD in English Literature (October 2019 – Present)

Funding: Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith (LKAS) PhD scholarship

University of Glasgow
Qualification: MLitt English Literature: Fantasy (Raven: October 2017 – July 2018)

Grade: Distinction, highest in cohort.

Funding: Alexander and Dixon Scholarship (Bryce Bequest)

Southend SCITT and Canterbury Christ Church
Qualification: PGCE, QTS (September 2016 – July 2017)

Grade: Outstanding teaching with distinction, highest in cohort.

The University of Warwick
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (October 2011- June 2015)

Grade: First Class with Honours, Creative Dissertation


British Fantasy Society Journal Special Issue: Fantasy and Gaming [in copy editing]

Roleplaying Realities in Digital Fantasies

Games and Culture, 2022

Undertale’s Loveable Monsters: Investigating Parasocial Relationships with Non-Player Characters

Mapping the Impossible, 2022

Of Heroes and Heartbreak: Digital Fantasy and Metaphors of Affect in Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Springer Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games, 2021

Parasocial Phenomena in Video Games

First Person Scholar, 2021

Cinders and Fantasies of Womanhood

I just want to remember, 2021

Self-published a branching narrative game in two weeks. Click here to play.


It’s Her Game Podcast

Can You Study Video Games? Interview hosted by Dominika Szot (2021)

Scary Adult Things Documentary Appearance

Interview featured in a documentary by Studio Something Episode 4, Gaming the System (2021)


My video game I just want to remember was featured in Retroware‘s indie spotlight.

Scottish Games Network

Video Interview (2021)

Article (2021)

Critical Distance

Disco Elysium Blog featured in the Critical Distance ’roundup highlighting the most important critical writing on games from the past seven days’ (2021)

Conference Participation

DiGRA, Seville 2023 (Accepted)

Paper: Let’s Play with Academia: Overcoming The Limits of The Zoom Classroom via Video Game Streaming

GIFCon 2023

Workshop: Academic Yassification: From Essay to Article, Navigating Student Publishing (Invited to repeat due to popularity + effectiveness of the workshop.)

Multiplay: Science Fiction and Fantasy Gaming, 2023

Paper: I Like Pixels More Than I Like You: Parasocial Relationships and the Digital Fantastic

International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts: Once and Future Fantasies, 2022

Paper: All My Friends and Video Game Characters: Parasocial Relationships and the Digital Fantastic feat. Todorov Hot Takes

Meaningful Play, Michigan 2022

Paper: Let’s Play with Academia:
Parasocial-Interaction-Informed Pedagogy for the Zoom Classroom

GIFCon 2022

Paper: Undertale and the Digital Fantastic

Workshop: Academic Yassification: From Essay to Article, Navigating Student Publishing

CLiC Play @ University Of Worcester, 2021

Paper: Play as Hesitation

This is PhD Life @ University of Glasgow, 2021

Paper: Kindness as Praxis, Tips in Academic Self Care

[X]Pertise @ University of Glasgow, 2021

Paper: Using Research Skills for Wellbeing

Digital Heroisms Online Conference, 2020


Afterlives Conference, University of Glasgow, 2020

Panel Chair: Spectres of Memory: Haunted Histories and Fantastic Temporalities

GIFCon 2018

The instability of knowledge: Three types of fear in the works of H.P. Lovecraft


Brock University, Canada – Department of Digital Humanities

Course: IASC 3P06, Game Criticism, Undergraduate Level (2023)

Guest Lecture: Parasocial Relationships with NPCs in Undertale

University of Glasgow – School of Critical Studies

Course: ENGLIT5096 Fantasy Across Media, Masters Level (2021, 2022)

GTA Work: Video Games Week

University of Glasgow – Student Learning Development (Formerly LEADS)

Position: GTA, (February 2021 – October 2022)

Taught Courses:

T2G: Transition to Glasgow Summer School: Let’s Play With Academia, Using Video Games to Understand Close Analysis -Original Syllabus, pre-Undergrad module of 6 classes and asynchronous material (2 weeks, August 2021)

Kindness as Praxis Summer School: Using Research Skills to Improve Wellbeing – Original syllabus, Undergrad, 3 classes and asynchronous material (3 weeks, July 2021)

Other duties: 1:1 writing feedback sessions, mentorship for Let’s Talk About X Conference, marking AWSP assessment, taught writing classes and gave Q&As about writing + study skills – Undergraduate and Masters level. Mentor, editorial and administrative duties for [X]Position Journal.

Erasmus University, Rotterdam – School of History, Culture and Communication

Course: CM2091, Media, Games and Creative Industries, Undergraduate Level (2021)

Guest Lecture: Academic subjectivity: Ways of Thinking About Feeling

University of Glasgow – Widening Participation

Position: Tutor on Top-Up and Reach programmes to promote higher education in high schools with historically low-intake areas (October 2018 – August 2019)

Examiner for AQA

Marked English Literature and English Language Papers, (Summers of 2017, 2018 and 2019)

High School and Sixth Form Teacher for English Literature and English Language and Literature

Position: Worked at Southend High School for Boys and Chase High School as a teacher whilst completing my PGCE

Public Engagement

ARCadia Festival of Ideas, September 2023

Funding: £2000

Industry Collaboration: R-CADE, Glasgow

Event: Gaming for Good + The Big Weekend – Game Studies Research Posters + arcade games

Exploring Digital Fantasy in Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, March 2022

Event: Academic Twitch Stream

Tinderbox Festival, February 2021

Panel: Game Studies in the Wild: Practical Applications of Games Research

Workshop: Let’s Play Speed Dating for Ghosts – Beyond Parasocial Interaction

European Researchers’ Night, 2020

Workshop: Digital Feelz: How we feel real emotions for imaginary people

Being Human Festival, 2020

Presenter: Outer Wilds Let’s Play – Gaming: New Horizons – A virtual field trip

Shoreline of Infinity’s Event Horizon, 2020

Panel: Digital Wor(l)ds – Video Gaming and SFF

Talk: Animal Crossing and Mental Health

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Women in Medicine, 2020

Helped run a stall for the Art and Pain Project

Academic Service

Scottish Government: Report on Digital Ethics

Featured in a case study by Matt Barr (2022)

University of Glasgow Grill a PGR

Participated in a Q&A for new PGR students (2021)

University of Glasgow, Arts Lab Training

Ran a training session for staff: Hosting Sustainable and Inclusive Conferences (2020)

Women in Games Conference

Quiz Master (2020)

Caledonian Game Studies Network

Chief Organizer (Jan 2019 – July 2022)

Press Start Journal

– Regular peer reviewer (Jan 2018)

– Joined editorial board (March 2019)

– Co-Vice Editor (August 2020 – Feb 2022)

– Offered chief editor, turned it down.

University of Glasgow, Addressing Gender Imbalance in Computing Science Education

Workshop facilitator (2020)

If you would like me to speak at your event, chair a panel or invite me to your podcast, get in contact via email form.