About the Games Institute

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About The Games Institute

The Games Institute (GI) is an interdisciplinary research network hub that seeks to advance the study, design, and purpose of interactive, immersive technologies and experiences through an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to research. GI researchers and collaborators come from a wide array of disciplines including but not limited to: humanities, social sciences, computer science, health sciences, and engineering. The GI network extends to multiple universities and multiple industry partners with the goal of forwarding research in technology and human interaction.

Games, Interactive, and Immersive: 

The GI conducts research across the broad field of interactive immersive technologies and experiences. This field includes games, but it has expanded to incorporate virtual and augmented reality, large interactive and collaborative displays, smartphones and tablets, and any other device where game-like interactions drive the user experience such as:

  • VR/AR/XR
  • Social Media and Digital Communities
  • Health Technologies and Rehabilitation Studies
  • Rhetoric and Computational Linguistics
  • Haptics and TechnologicalAccessibility
  • Social Justice Interventions in Design
  • Experimental Digital Media
  • Historical Pedagogy and Digital Interventions
  • Virtual Green Spaces and Environmental Networks
  • Theatre Performances
  • Hybrid Technology
  • And many others

We are constantly looking to the future, to emerging technologies and their resultant applications and experiences, and the GI is dedicated to exploring, critiquing, and designing the forward trajectory of the field.

Interested in becoming a GI Member? See how we can support your research as a Prospective Member.

Interested in partnering with GI? Take a look at our unique approaches to partnerships as well as projects our members have completed.

Our Mission:

To foster an inclusive ecosystem of research, education, knowledge dissemination, outreach and collaboration on interactive immersive technologies and experiences.

Our Goals:

  • Research: To be the central hub for games-related research in Canada by establishing strong academic and industry research projects
  • Education: To support  and promote innovative, cross-disciplinary graduate training and mentorship in all aspects of games and interactive and immersive technologies
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism, and Decolonization: To continuously improve, participate, and engage in issues of social justice across the GI and its members' research as well as championing the equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and decolonization across the University and the industry

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Our Research

Learn more about the interdisciplinary fields of research GI members work in and take a look at some of our highlights projects.


Interested in keeping up-to-date with what's happening at the GI?  Keep an eye out for weekly socials, club events, and interdisciplinary research panels and presentations.

Research Spotlights

For more in-depth breakdowns of ongoing research projects, check out Our Research Spotlights full write ups of events, and up close and personal testimonies with our researchers and members.

News Bites

Stay up to date with the latest GI activities. Our News Bites report on recent conferences, keynote addresses, and recent research activities of our members