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Dr Richard Cook

Lecturer In Games Technologies

My specialist areas are research methodologies (ethnography, ethnomethodology, sociological phenomenology) and digital technologies (artificial intelligence, voice assistants, internet of things). I am interested in how advanced and emerging digital technologies might be used pedagogically.


I have 20 years’ experience working in education and technology and have taught across primary, secondary and tertiary phases. I currently work with three Universities on a range of research projects exploring the affect of digital technologies. I teach and supervise on a wide range of courses including Games Design, Degree Apprenticeships, Masters and Initial Teacher Training. I co-founded Eth.Lab.


  • PhD: “Connecting the Echo Dots: An Exploratory Ethnographic Study of ‘Alexa’ in the Classroom”, University of Gloucestershire, 2021
  • PGCAP, 2019
  • MA Educational Leadership, University of Gloucestershire, 2015
  • PGCE Computing, 2004
  • BSc Multimedia & Computing, University of Gloucestershire, 2003

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the British Society for Phenomenology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Research


  • Individual Research Project (CT6007)
  • Creative Visualisation (CT6015)
  • User Testing (CT5109)
  • Games Art (CT4104)
  • Creative Skills for Design (CT4011)
  • MSc Data Science – Research Methods for Computing (CT7094)


My current interest is in ethnography, technologies and craft practices. I am Principle Investigator on a funded project exploring NSS comments using AI and LLM. I am also co-investigator on a medium sized research project with the University of Sheffield exploring IoT, AI Ethics, Privacy and Schools.

My PhD explored how Amazon’s Alexa and voice technologies could be used pedagogically in schools to promote epistemic curiosity. I continue to work in this space as an ethnographer and educational researcher but focus now on the impact and affect/effect of digital technologies, internet of things and artificial intelligence.

PhD Supervision
I am currently supervising 2 PhD students.

I am interested in supervising student projects around: Qualitative research, Educational Research, Voice Technology, HCI, AI, Ethnography, Conversation Analysis, Thematic Analysis.


More publications from Dr Richard Cook can be found in the Research Repository.