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Dr Andra Ivanescu
Senior Lecturer in Games Studies

Gaskell Building 175


Andra is a Lecturer in Game Studies and a ludomusicologist.

Andra’s research interests are broad, going beyond her primary focus of music in videogames, and including appropriation and nostalgia, genre, gender studies, and film studies. Her research has been published in journals like The Soundtrack (2015) and she has presented papers at a variety of conferences including Myth, Fantasy and Fairy Tales in Literature and the Arts (Cambridge, 2013) and the Ludomusicology Conference (Chichester, 2014; Utrecht, 2015; Southampton, 2016). She is also co-editor of the academic journal Book 2.0. Andra has also led (and co-led) two Global Lives-funded research clusters focusing on creative processes in poetry and games, as well as the dissemination of academic research through digital games.

Andra's first monograph - Popular Music in the Nostalgia Video Game: The Way It Never Sounded - is now available from Palgrave Macmillan.

Andra teaches a number of game studies modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including Game Studies 1: Introduction to Game Studies, Game Genre, and Socio-Cultural Studies.


Lecturer in Game Studies, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, Dissertation Supervisor (Undegraduate and Postgraduate).

Newest selected publications

Ivanescu, A. (2021) 'Pop Music, Economics and Marketing', in Summers, T. and Fritsch, M. (eds.) Cambridge Companion for Video Game Music. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. ISBN 13: 9781108670289. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Ivanescu, A. (2020) 'The Auteur and the 80s Mixtape: Popular Music and Authenticity in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain', in Lorber, M. and Zimmermann, F. (eds.) History in Games: Contingencies of an Authentic Past. Bielefeld, Germany : Transcript. pp. 157 - 178. ISBN 13: 9783839454206. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Carbone, MB. and Ivanescu, A. (2020) 'Games and Players', in Ross, K., Bachmann, I., Cardo, V., Moorti, S. and Scarcelli, CM. (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication. Wiley. pp. 1 - 7. ISBN 10: 1119429102. ISBN 13: 9781119429128. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Ivanescu, A. (2020) 'Flow It, Show It, Play It: Hair in Digital Games'.DiGRA ’20 – Proceedings of the 2020 DiGRA International Conference: Play Everywhere. Open Access Link

Conference paper

Ivanescu, A. (2019) 'Westworld and the Pursuit of Meaningful Play', in Mackay, A. and Goody, A. (eds.) Reading Westworld. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 79 - 96. ISBN 10: 3-030-14514-X. ISBN 13: 978-3-030-14515-6.

Book chapter
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